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Rod Smith
12-01-2013, 06:57 PM
Nice turnout! I got four people to come on the ride I led today. :o Two of them, Mike and Jeff.
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/DSC07828.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/DSC07828.jpg.html)

Dirt
12-01-2013, 07:01 PM
Where's the bridge?
Featherbed Lane between Waterford and Lovettsville, VA

Greenbelt
12-01-2013, 07:20 PM
Freshbikes Gravel Grinder today. Amazing group of people. Clicking through the photos in the set gives you an idea of how big that group was.

Thank you!

Beautiful day for a bicycle cycling ride!

Dirt
12-01-2013, 07:32 PM
Beautiful day for a bicycle cycling ride!
Freaking cold this morning though. Warmed up pretty quickly though. I think we all were shivering a bit at the beginning.

KLizotte
12-01-2013, 07:42 PM
Freaking cold this morning though. Warmed up pretty quickly though. I think we all were shivering a bit at the beginning.

For a ride like this, what are your tire recommendations presuming a road bike? Thanks.

PotomacCyclist
12-01-2013, 10:52 PM
WARNING: Invasion in D.C. by evildoers! Right in front of the U.S. Capitol!

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Yes, I was riding a Capital Bikeshare bike, so these are technically ride pics. I did not have a lightsaber with me so I was temporarily detained by the Imperial forces. (Or maybe I stayed voluntarily to watch Darth Vader and his stormtroopers.) The pink R2D2 was a functioning robot. It moved around under remote control. The head spun back and forth and it beeped with sounds from the Star Wars movies.

This was a promotional video shoot for the Museum of Science Fiction, a new start-up that plans to open a temporary exhibition space somewhere in D.C. by the end of next year. Then they will open a permanent museum later on, maybe within 2 or 3 years. (If you're interested in the project, check out their website. They also have an ongoing IndieGoGo fundraising campaign for the temporary exhibit space.)

Jason B
12-02-2013, 06:17 AM
Featherbed Lane between Waterford and Lovettsville, VA

Checking out the strava, was that a cyclocross, mountain bike or road bike gravel ride? Looking for gravel road bike rides.
Thanks

Dirt
12-02-2013, 06:30 AM
Checking out the strava, was that a cyclocross, mountain bike or road bike gravel ride? Looking for gravel road bike rides.
Thanks
That was gravel. This is the loop: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3720457

I'll be doing another one with Freshbikes in 2 weeks.

Dirt
12-02-2013, 06:36 AM
For a ride like this, what are your tire recommendations presuming a road bike? Thanks.
Cyclocross or mountain bike. We had 27 people on the ride. I think 4 were on mountain bikes. 700x33 cross tires were the minimum that I'd recommend. Some were on as wide as 700x40s. Tire pressure varied between 35 and 50. I've got a few friends that ride 28mm road tires on stuff like this, but the cornering and washboard sections make that not very much fun. We've had people turn back because they had the wrong tires, so I pretty much insist on people having at least 700x33mm cross tires. I use Specialized Trigger Pro cross tires. They're a file tread that rolls pretty well on pavement. The trigger comes in sizes between 33 and 37mm. Clement makes some wonderful gravel tires. The XPLOR MSO and USH are great examples. Roll great on pavement but have enough tread to handle nicely on gravel. the XPLOR MSO 700x40 is my all-time favorite gravel tire. They're just difficult to find.

Dirt
12-02-2013, 07:42 AM
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3779/11161492095_53e79525ca_b.jpg
Freshbikes Gravel Grinder today. Amazing group of people.
Martin got this photo of me while I was photogging him.
http://instagram.com/p/hYjOcMy_NH/

JimF22003
12-02-2013, 08:07 AM
My tongue was hanging out like that for the whole ride... I've been inspired to de-commuterize my Specialized Tri-Cross (28mm tires, with rack etc.) and see how it compares to riding this stuff on the mountain bike. I remain skeptical after losing a few teeth on those washboards :)

Dirt
12-02-2013, 09:02 AM
My tongue was hanging out like that for the whole ride... I've been inspired to de-commuterize my Specialized Tri-Cross (28mm tires, with rack etc.) and see how it compares to riding this stuff on the mountain bike. I remain skeptical after losing a few teeth on those washboards :)
There's almost always a clean line through the washboards. I really only hit washboards yesterday when I was pulling out of line to pass someone or singing lounge songs that require extra vibrato that I'm incapable of producing on smoother roads.

When I ride at the back of a group, I can see how people filter to the best lines. Generally they do a good job. When riding in Idaho last summer, there were some long sections of washboards where there was no good line. I ended up placing myself 50 yards behind a large group, even though it was windy, because it made finding a good line safer and easier. I could tell when the group hit washboards because it would go from double paceline to 10 people spread across the road* instantly as people tried to find a smooth line. When the washboards are gone, the group squished back to double paceline.

* Note: These are open, back country roads we were riding on where you had 5 miles of good visibility to see if a car was coming and plenty of time to hear if a car or truck is coming from behind.

Subby
12-02-2013, 02:38 PM
That was my first ever gravel ride and it was definitely different from anything I've ever done. I have a Kona Jake with 700x35 cx tires but I had to learn the hard way that you need to get the inflation right. I road the first few miles at 65 psi which was so bad it caused the bike to throw the chain (and I lost my rear blinky). When the group stopped the first time, I let some air out of the front tire. That made all of the difference for handling and I was able to ride the rest of the ride a lot more confidently. I still had some trouble with the washboard, but echoing Pete, I figured out you had to take a good line.

All in all it was such a great experience. The vistas are beautiful and the hills challenging. An extra 10 degrees Fahrenheit at game time and it would have been perfect.

Thanks Pete!

Tim Kelley
12-02-2013, 02:59 PM
Freshbikes Gravel Grinder today. Amazing group of people. Clicking through the photos in the set gives you an idea of how big that group was.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrogringo/sets/72157638261453106/

Thank you!

Can one of the social butterflies with with photoshop (or MSPAINT) skills edit one of these group photos to label who everyone was on the Gravel ride? We weren't being particularly social with all the cold, and I feel like I missed out on putting names and forum names with faces...

americancyclo
12-02-2013, 04:19 PM
I had no idea so many forum folk were on the ride...

PotomacCyclist
12-03-2013, 12:03 AM
Another picture of the Museum of Science Fiction video shoot on Sunday, although I didn't take this one. (Credit: Save Sci Fi)

I think it might be an ion-powered bike.

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cyclingfool
12-03-2013, 08:49 AM
"That's not the iBert you're looking for."

americancyclo
12-03-2013, 10:11 AM
I think it might be an ion-powered bike.
Those things are tricky in the trees.

jnva
12-03-2013, 10:50 AM
This made me happy this morning on fairfax drive. Too bad it's only about 1/10th of a mile long!
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Dirt
12-03-2013, 07:33 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7438/11197784034_e8052d2bb4_b.jpg
Wine acquisition

Dirt
12-05-2013, 08:50 PM
Singing Opera
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7421/11229693223_3b18d35bbe_b.jpg

Dirt
12-06-2013, 01:57 PM
Skreaminquadz on a muddy gravel grinder ride today.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3746/11240347434_7e96069f21_b.jpg

Greenbelt
12-06-2013, 02:32 PM
Ben is orange man on the retro-direct drive bike...
https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/1457517_578696588863729_54355249_n.jpg

dcv
12-07-2013, 08:40 AM
Ben is orange man on the retro-direct drive bike...
https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/1457517_578696588863729_54355249_n.jpg

i don't get the drivertrain, do you pedal backwards to go forward? SS?

Dirt
12-07-2013, 09:49 AM
i don't get the drivertrain, do you pedal backwards to go forward? SS?
Basically the idea is you get one gear ratio when pedaling forward and another gear ratio when pedaling backward. It is a simple way to have different ratios. If I recall correctly, it comes from the early 1900s.

vvill
12-07-2013, 09:54 AM
Yeah it's SS, you have two freewheels:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retro-direct

cyclingfool
12-07-2013, 10:57 AM
re: retro-direct: That's wild. Must be a bit confusing to the mind to get used to actually being able to pedal backwards (and just just spin [freewheel/hub] or brake [if coaster brake or fixie])

You learn something new every day...

bobco85
12-07-2013, 11:02 PM
Pics of the first WABA Cider Ride - I did the Honeycrisp (60 mile) route, which was fun yet a bit brutal due to the cold and wind. I realize I took no pictures of other people, but rest assured, there were people in attendance ;)

WABA (top) and poultry (bottom) at Queen Anne Farm near Bowie, MD
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decorations (top) and my lunch (bottom: hot cider, homemade PB&J, Cheez-its)
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Delicious hot cider time
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Having finished the ride, celebrating at the Park Tavern in DC
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Delicious spiked cider and Italian flatbread (left) and my nice head sweat imprint (right)
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dbb
12-08-2013, 07:05 AM
http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/CiderRide201312QueenAnneFarm7_zpsa7bf1029.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/CiderRide201312QueenAnneFarm7_zpsa7bf1029.jpg.html )

Ride was a lot of fun. Great opportunity to see neighborhoods I'd not ridden.

Addendum: Made a real rookie mistake yesterday. Hit something on my commute home on Friday and discovered I'd flatted the front tire on Saturday morning. Although I had a new (spare) tire and wheel hanging on the garage wall; they were hanging separately because I'd delayed assembling them for several months. To maintain my schedule I was forced to harvest parts from my road bike for my hybrid. 25 on the front and 32 on the back. Sort of like a funny car.

ejwillis62
12-08-2013, 01:21 PM
I followed Dan for 5 days from new york to dc on the climate ride and it was comforting to see him in the morning and ride behind him again. He and his GPS save me from getting lost. :)
It was a lot of miles on a really old day. then today I ran the jingle all the way 8K. New PR 50 minutes. Now I need some serious couch time.

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TwoWheelsDC
12-08-2013, 02:36 PM
Not a lot of people out today...I think I was the only bike that had been at Hains Point. It was also interesting to see the weather change from frozen rain, to snow, to frozen rain, to snow, and back to frozen rain. At one point, it was snowing these huge fluffy snow flakes, while ice pellets were falling simultaneously.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/09/by7ujude.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/09/y6y8ybyn.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/09/vy2y9u3u.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3723/11275737444_20e02efbd7_z.jpg

TwoWheelsDC
12-08-2013, 02:57 PM
Also, my front derailleur completely froze, so I couldn't shift out of my middle ring.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3832/11275763943_11af32a644_z.jpg

PeteD
12-08-2013, 03:30 PM
It was also interesting to see the weather change from frozen rain, to snow, to frozen rain, to snow, and back to frozen rain. At one point, it was snowing these huge fluffy snow flakes, while ice pellets were falling simultaneously.


Galibier-esque?

Greenbelt
12-08-2013, 04:06 PM
https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1480602_579703208763067_1901391440_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1455027_579703215429733_819871808_n.jpg

Rod Smith
12-08-2013, 06:54 PM
I followed Dan for 5 days from new york to dc on the climate ride and it was comforting to see him in the morning and ride behind him again. He and his GPS save me from getting lost. :)
It was a lot of miles on a really old day. then today I ran the jingle all the way 8K. New PR 50 minutes. Now I need some serious couch time.

LIZ W

Oh that was ejwillis riding with Dana!? Now that I know what you look like I might introduce myself next time I see you. :p I was riding behind you for a while on the return leg, until Kathy Lizotte decided to attack and I chased after her.

I recognized some people I know from this website and Strava, probably saw several others I don't recognize yet.

Congrats on the PR!

TwoWheelsDC
12-08-2013, 07:42 PM
Galibier-esque?

Without the buckets of sweat.

Dirt
12-08-2013, 08:27 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7431/11280973093_afbbc9937b_b.jpg
DCV is a blur.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2891/11280898036_29b3c9461d_b.jpg
The ride home.

KLizotte
12-08-2013, 08:43 PM
Oh that was ejwillis riding with Dana!? Now that I know what you look like I might introduce myself next time I see you. :p I was riding behind you for a while on the return leg, until Kathy Lizotte decided to attack and I chased after her.

I recognized some people I know from this website and Strava, probably saw several others I don't recognize yet.

Congrats on the PR!

Oh, you're ejwillis62! Liz??? I was standing behind you at the port-o-potty line at the farm on Saturday. I thought you looked really familiar but couldn't place where I'd seen you before (still can't). Nice to be able to place a face to the avatar. Wow, can't believe you got out of bed for a long run. Way too ambitious for me!

Hahaha to Rod. He kept telling me "attack, attack!". All I wanted to do was find someone's wheel to hug (I did hide behind Rod's wheel for a windy stretch - thanks Rod!).

Raymo853
12-08-2013, 08:54 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/09/e2ege6uh.jpg


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Fast Friendly Guy
12-08-2013, 09:10 PM
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Photos show Jackie, Patrick, and Rod Smith and on the ride

Rod Smith
12-09-2013, 08:48 AM
Oh I look happy. Nevermind the scowl, I did enjoy meeting you! Jackie? Is she trying to confuse us? Kathy was a bad influence. I didn't tell her to attack Dana's group, but once I saw her ruthless riding style I did encourage her to blow by small groups that we caught. She prefers to chat them up though then slowly ride them off her wheel. No one wanted to work with us, I guess people think they should follow not lead the guy in the ride marshal bib. I guess I did an OK job first time ride marshal. I did help fix a flat, and with route finding, but next time I will stop for every disabled rider and the guy who just needed tires topped off even though they all said "No thanks , I'm fine." Unless maybe if I'm in a large group that's depending on me for directions, but that wasn't the case on this ride.

dbb
12-09-2013, 09:27 AM
Observations from the Cider Ride. I marshalled this one and offer some thoughts.

Carry a pump and confirm it works with your tubes. I helped a cyclist that had a pump but it was not compatible with his tubes.

Tubes. The n+1 rule may be inadequate. Carry several (extra) spare tubes. That way you can be ready to recover from multiple flats or help out other cyclists. I do not like repairing a tube on the road.

Review the cue sheet before the ride. I find that "riding" the route with Google Earth and the cue sheet the night before helps. Gives you an advantage if you end up alone or riding with other that haven't. Even if you are riding in a group, try to follow along on your cue sheet. Might tend to make any mistakes significantly shorter.

Ride at a pace that works for you. Don't hurt yourself by trying to keep up with a faster bunch (but that can be a fitness opportunity so you need to balance that as well).

KLizotte
12-09-2013, 09:31 AM
I find that "riding" the route with Google Earth and the cue sheet the night before helps.

Excellent idea! Should have thought of that myself. Thanks for being a ride marshall!

Dickie
12-10-2013, 08:22 AM
From this morning's ride... I really should get some studded tires!

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y481/dicksewell/My%20Bikes/IMG_1964_zps11219e7c.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/dicksewell/media/My%20Bikes/IMG_1964_zps11219e7c.jpg.html)

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y481/dicksewell/My%20Bikes/IMG_1975_zps57ce62f9.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/dicksewell/media/My%20Bikes/IMG_1975_zps57ce62f9.jpg.html)

jabberwocky
12-10-2013, 11:46 AM
The ride in was nice and snowy.

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/9516/dne8.jpg

consularrider
12-10-2013, 05:43 PM
I had to stop a couple of time to clear the icy slush off my rear cluster and between the chain rings. The ice made the chain skip on the cogs and one time when down shifting in the front, the chain just slid down the ice buildup. Luckily I was riding on level pavement at the time,

Dirt
12-10-2013, 05:55 PM
I had to stop a couple of time to clear the icy slush off my rear cluster and between the chain rings. The ice made the chain skip on the cogs and one time when down shifting in the front, the chain just slid down the ice buildup. Luckily I was riding on level pavement at the time,
You have more than one cog? More than one chainring? Weird. ;)

All joking aside... Shifting gears often helps keep the gears clear of ice. Keeping the drivetrain SUPER clean and well lubricated helps too.

KLizotte
12-10-2013, 05:59 PM
What in the world do cyclists in Minnesota do????!

hozn
12-10-2013, 06:53 PM
What in the world do cyclists in Minnesota do????!

Their trails (and roads) get plowed/treated immediately :) But I am sure it is hell on their drivetrains anyway -- all the road salt.

My favorite weather event is when it snows, melts, and then refreezes (like tonight, most likely) in the woods. You can then ride a mountain bike with low pressure on the surface without breaking through and it is fantastically fun and very fast. I don't think we got quite enough snow to make it work tomorrow, but hopefully it happens this winter!

Dirt
12-10-2013, 07:45 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7290/11316006595_e53ed7d4a4_b.jpg
KC and SQ

Greenbelt
12-10-2013, 08:35 PM
https://vimeo.com/81561901

TwoWheelsDC
12-10-2013, 09:11 PM
I had to stop a couple of time to clear the icy slush off my rear cluster and between the chain rings. The ice made the chain skip on the cogs and one time when down shifting in the front, the chain just slid down the ice buildup. Luckily I was riding on level pavement at the time,

Snow Day Century?

dcv
12-10-2013, 09:32 PM
Lovely morning commute
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20131210_074609_zps1c0f8e86.jpg

Not so lovely overpass on the custis on the way home.
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20131210_185747_zps2d62f424.jpg

Icy ruts of death everywhere west of EFC on the WOD.
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20131210_193617_LLS_zpsf06cdb02.jpg

bobco85
12-10-2013, 09:45 PM
https://vimeo.com/81561901

I love the first scene (on the NE Branch trail). It looks like you're one of those truckers trying to make it across Alaska!

KLizotte
12-10-2013, 10:13 PM
Thanks for the pics dcv. They have made me decide not to risk it tomorrow, esp since I leave work late. Can't wait for all the yucky stuff to melt for good.

bobco85
12-11-2013, 08:36 AM
I finished my video of the first-ever Cider Ride (Honeycrisp route). Aside from a very small number of people, I'm completely ignorant who's in the footage. Here is the video:


http://youtu.be/UonWtDsZQXY

Now, if only I could upload the smell and taste of that delicious hot cider.

dcv
12-11-2013, 09:11 AM
WOD at 495 overpass
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20131211_072647_zpsd834b065.jpg

consularrider
12-11-2013, 09:26 AM
What in the world do cyclists in Minnesota do????!
The snow comes down in late October and doesn't melt until late April so there is no slush to get on the drive train. ;)

Dirt, funny thing is that I cleaned and lubed the drive train on Sunday after putting on the studded tires. Then gunked it up riding on Monday, so I'm sure the metal and the slush were very happy together yesterday. :(

KLizotte
12-11-2013, 10:02 AM
Anyone know the status of the MVT and the George Mason bridge? Thanks.

dbb
12-11-2013, 10:08 AM
rode it this morning (post and photos) and it was fine - one bridge at DCA had some suckage but I walked it fine.

http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?6313-December-2013-Trail-Conditions/page4

vvill
12-14-2013, 09:29 PM
Studded tires and a kitty, hmmm...
http://distilleryimage4.ak.instagram.com/ae17d1ac64db11e3b229124c2855e088_6.jpg

dasgeh
12-16-2013, 08:58 AM
Studded tires and a kitty, hmmm...
http://distilleryimage4.ak.instagram.com/ae17d1ac64db11e3b229124c2855e088_6.jpg

Safety first!

Dirt
12-16-2013, 10:09 AM
Studded tires and a kitty, hmmm...
http://distilleryimage4.ak.instagram.com/ae17d1ac64db11e3b229124c2855e088_6.jpg
Serious mitten envy. I almost bought a set of shoes that match during the shopping ride yesterday. Didn't have my size.

Dirt
12-16-2013, 10:14 AM
Reserved parking at Freshbikes Mosaic
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3805/11393107805_39e246b464_b.jpg

KLizotte
12-16-2013, 11:48 AM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/17/dy3y9edu.jpg

Came across this house last night. A bit excessive!



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dasgeh
12-16-2013, 11:55 AM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/17/dy3y9edu.jpg

Came across this house last night. A bit excessive!

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Where?

Jason B
12-16-2013, 01:00 PM
^^^^^^
It may be excessive, but my kids make me slow down and press their faces against the window every time we go by.

bikeeveryday
12-16-2013, 01:03 PM
You have windows on your bike?


^^^^^^
It may be excessive, but my kids make me slow down and press their faces against the window every time we go by.

KLizotte
12-16-2013, 01:05 PM
^^^^^Aurora Highlands neighborhood (next to Crystal City), 26th Street South between S Fern St and S Grant St.

TwoWheelsDC
12-19-2013, 08:37 PM
Not a good night to be a driver...

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/20/qu3y4esy.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/20/ge7ugyqa.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/20/ugymahuh.jpg

dbb
12-19-2013, 09:17 PM
Not a good night to be a driver...

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/20/qu3y4esy.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/20/ge7ugyqa.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/20/ugymahuh.jpg

Looks like cars may be winning the war on cars.

ebubar
12-19-2013, 09:53 PM
Not a good night to be a driver...

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/20/qu3y4esy.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/20/ge7ugyqa.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/20/ugymahuh.jpg

Its never a good night to be a driver here :p

Dirt
12-20-2013, 08:43 AM
WABA Lights Parade
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5506/11445080285_bec57ed249_b.jpg
Totally spaced talking about the hi-viz properties of Santa's beard in my last cycling visibility workshop.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3812/11445129894_8d61175e2b_b.jpg
Seriously sticky tires.

Dirt
12-20-2013, 11:23 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7303/11473965623_368af54f77_b.jpg
Hard core winter riding.

Fast Friendly Guy
12-21-2013, 05:12 AM
Well, Tim, since you asked.....

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Winter's Eve, balmy weather, and looping Hains Point--Yes life is good!

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Having fun


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Look! It's Tim Kelley's pink handle bars! Tim, you snuck right up on me while I was taking selfies!

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Cruising down to Bike Arlington in Rosslyn
http://www.strava.com/activities/101126748

rcannon100
12-21-2013, 08:11 PM
I found a bicycle in a geocache along the WOD!

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Apparently its somebody's boyscout project (http://coord.info/TB61MER).

And then I went to go visit some guy named Richard Hanssen (http://coord.info/GCD04C). He wasnt there. Apparently he is busy serving a life sentence in the bighouse. This bridge is where Mr. Hanssen used to collect bags of money from the Ruskies. It was featured in a movie "Breach."

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26 miles. 6 geocaches. 1 boy scout project. 1 really good cup of coffee at Cafe Amouri.

ShawnoftheDread
12-21-2013, 08:30 PM
I found a bicycle in a geocache along the WOD!


Apparently its somebody's boyscout project (http://coord.info/TB61MER).

And then I went to go visit some guy named Richard Hanssen (http://coord.info/GCD04C). He wasnt there. Apparently he is busy serving a life sentence in the bighouse. This bridge is where Mr. Hanssen used to collect bags of money from the Ruskies. It was featured in a movie "Breach."


26 miles. 6 geocaches. 1 boy scout project. 1 really good cup of coffee at Cafe Amouri.

Bob, so did you leave the travel bug at the last geocache spot you visited on your ride, or do you do something else with it?

PeteD
12-21-2013, 08:39 PM
It was warm. And it's been a few weeks since I've been on my bike other than on a trainer. Perfect solution: Ride!

Headed out from Rehoboth Beach to Millford to go to Dogfish Head Brewery. Shouldn't be bad, only 58 miles round trip right?

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There were lots of cows out there today, especially on Dairy Farm Road.

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Along the way, I rode by A. A. Milne's american kin...

About 19 miles in, the voice in my head that was saying "Oh this is going to be easy." was saying "Wow, your back is really stiff. Maybe you should turn around." Then a mile later, the other voices chimed in, so I did turn around without getting to the brewery. Guess I'll do that at a later date.

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On the way back I stopped briefly at Pepper's greenhouses, where they grow the peppers that go into their hot sauces.

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But with all the open fields and the winds that were either a cross-wind or a head-wind, it was a rough first ride back on the bike; I never thought I'd learn to draft a tree.

--Pete

rcannon100
12-21-2013, 08:40 PM
It's along for the ride for now. I thought that I would give it a few miles, put it in one of my favorite caches. It should complete its journey soon. Too bad there are no cache containers down on Hains Point (no geocaching containers allowed on NPS).

rcannon100
12-21-2013, 08:42 PM
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Good to see you in the Saddle Pete!

DaveK
12-21-2013, 11:51 PM
And then I went to go visit some guy named Richard Hanssen (http://coord.info/GCD04C). He wasnt there. Apparently he is busy serving a life sentence in the bighouse. This bridge is where Mr. Hanssen used to collect bags of money from the Ruskies. It was featured in a movie "Breach."

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26 miles. 6 geocaches. 1 boy scout project. 1 really good cup of coffee at Cafe Amouri.

Is this along "George Mason Drive" north of Yorktown?

Jason B
12-22-2013, 07:30 AM
It's along for the ride for now. I thought that I would give it a few miles, put it in one of my favorite caches. It should complete its journey soon. Too bad there are no cache containers down on Hains Point (no geocaching containers allowed on NPS).

I used to go geocaching with my oldest girl all the time, but haven't done it in a bit. We used to use an old handheld marine garmin. Curious, what device are they using today? Can it be done on a smartphone now? Any app you would recommend? This would be an easy, great way to get my girl to ride with me.
Thanks

rcannon100
12-22-2013, 08:13 AM
Is this along "George Mason Drive" north of Yorktown?

I think there were several drop points. This particular drop point is out north of Vienna.

TwoWheelsDC
12-22-2013, 05:42 PM
Florida, Day One: wind is a great substitute for hills.

I think I found a hill that's safe from Tim Kelley:

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/23/ymeru3em.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/23/y2e6yju6.jpg

It's hot!

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/23/4y4e9u3e.jpg

Dirt
12-23-2013, 11:27 AM
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5548/11504990956_0af1f4934f_b.jpg
HP100

ShawnoftheDread
12-23-2013, 12:33 PM
Man, my family needs a tandem.

Dirt
12-23-2013, 02:03 PM
Man, my family needs a tandem.
My friend Lee sent me this message at virtually the exact same time as you posted this message:

Hey Pete, I have a friend who is trying to sell the following. Know anyone who might be interested? I'm trying to get a price out of him now. Ibis Cousin It. Pretty steel Green great condition, barely ridden late 90's 19" Cap'n, 17" stoker. XT/XTR Race Face cranks CK headset - the cool one with 1-1/4 bearings in a 1 1/8 headset. Set up with 26" wheels, but I have some 700c tandem wheels that would work with adapters.

ShawnoftheDread
12-23-2013, 03:10 PM
My friend Lee sent me this message at virtually the exact same time as you posted this message:

Ooh... The kid's too small for a 17" stoker, though, and the wife just looked at me like I'm nuts.

peterw_diy
12-23-2013, 04:59 PM
Ooh... The kid's too small for a 17" stoker, though
You just need a http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_i-k.html#kidback

and the wife just looked at me like I'm nuts.
Oh. Nevermind.

Hancockbs
12-24-2013, 12:41 PM
Couple of shots from last week.

Greenbelt
12-26-2013, 04:34 PM
https://scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1511068_588499687883419_1871206526_n.jpg
https://scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1546325_588499641216757_1380192317_n.jpg

rcannon100
12-26-2013, 06:17 PM
900th Geocache found today: The Woodrow Wilson Bridge (http://coord.info/GC25F08). All I can say is "what a magnificent waste of time." ;) 36 miles down to the Natl Harbor and back.

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TwoWheelsDC
12-29-2013, 08:30 PM
South Florida traffic jam...

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/12/30/aru7y7yt.jpg

DCAKen
12-30-2013, 11:22 AM
I saw this near Valley Forge PA when visiting my parents. I wasn't on my bike...and seeing this makes me a little reluctant to cycle on the PA roads.

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DaveK
12-30-2013, 11:29 AM
Pentagon City isn't always bad... sometimes you can't even see the mall.

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KLizotte
12-30-2013, 06:00 PM
^^pics aren't showing up Dave!

Now I can see the bottom pic but not the top two.

Fast Friendly Guy
12-30-2013, 07:02 PM
^^pics aren't showing up Dave!
Kathy, Try again and let me know. I was adding a before/after pic.

Fast Friendly Guy
12-30-2013, 10:36 PM
After failing to upload the pictures, I decided to try again, fresh:


http://www.strava.com/activities/102866148




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Today's ride: In honor of my esteemed BA Forum colleagues



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Festive 500 patch variation--This is what it was supposed to look like!


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This is what actually got recorded!

(Lots of muddy puddles after all the rain--the execution didn't turn out so well)
and I've got to work on the GPS resolution.
http://www.strava.com/activities/102866148

Dirt
01-01-2014, 01:14 AM
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3688/11677005245_b22ac5f821_b.jpg

Dirt
01-01-2014, 05:00 PM
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5532/11690411756_5a6b6a0585_b.jpg

Dirt
01-02-2014, 04:20 PM
Holmes Run is still bisected by a 30" sewage line with virtually no warning. Luckily I've got good brakes.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5474/11715845826_2f5ee14feb_b.jpg

rcannon100
01-02-2014, 04:26 PM
Nasty. I was there the day the line exploded. Was um not nice.

Dirt
01-02-2014, 07:13 PM
Nasty. I was there the day the line exploded. Was um not nice.
It still smells LOVELY.

bobco85
01-02-2014, 07:30 PM
Holmes Run is still bisected by a 30" sewage line with virtually no warning. Luckily I've got good brakes.


In the past few weeks, all the signs informing trail-users to turn back have been taken down. I don't think it was by the construction crew, but last time I tried to go through there I thought the absence of the signs meant it was fixed, so it was a bit of a shock for me, too! (and I've luckily got good brakes, too)

Dirt
01-02-2014, 07:41 PM
In the past few weeks, all the signs informing trail-users to turn back have been taken down. I don't think it was by the construction crew, but last time I tried to go through there I thought the absence of the signs meant it was fixed, so it was a bit of a shock for me, too! (and I've luckily got good brakes, too)
It really wasn't that dramatic. I had 1/4 mile and one creek crossing between me and the actual sewage pipe.... plenty of room to slow down. :D

I pretty much figured that there were other signs. I actually was happy that I found this. It made me explore some cool alternatives.

americancyclo
01-02-2014, 09:23 PM
Holmes Run is still bisected by a 30" sewage line with virtually no warning. Luckily I've got good brakes.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5474/11715845826_2f5ee14feb_b.jpg

Luckily you have those new brakes that actually stop without a written letter two weeks in advance.
P.s. I love that bike.

Sent from my XT1060 using Tapatalk

peterw_diy
01-02-2014, 09:37 PM
Holmes Run is still bisected by a 30" sewage line with virtually no warning. Luckily I've got good brakes.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5474/11715845826_2f5ee14feb_b.jpg

That's in Alexandria, right? Would you mind creating a request via http://request.alexandriava.gov/CCC/?h=tab=Find&keyword=Park&service=RPCA_PRKMAIN with the location? I haven't ridden HR enough to confidently report it for you.

Kolohe
01-03-2014, 12:49 AM
That's in Alexandria, right? Would you mind creating a request via http://request.alexandriava.gov/CCC/?h=tab=Find&keyword=Park&service=RPCA_PRKMAIN with the location? I haven't ridden HR enough to confidently report it for you.

That part of the stream is in Fairfax county, I think. It's upstream of the new Chambliss street stream crossing, which is approximately where the City of Alexandria/County of Fairfax border is for Holmes Run.

dcv
01-03-2014, 09:57 AM
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20140103_082404_zps1c9f3863.jpg

Subby
01-03-2014, 10:15 AM
Commute looks good this morning!

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Dirt
01-03-2014, 12:27 PM
That's in Alexandria, right? Would you mind creating a request via http://request.alexandriava.gov/CCC/?h=tab=Find&keyword=Park&service=RPCA_PRKMAIN with the location? I haven't ridden HR enough to confidently report it for you.
I will do so later today. Thanks!

Dirt
01-03-2014, 12:29 PM
I rode with Dogsled Guy for about 40 minutes this morning. It was awesome!
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3725/11734227803_5459ce21af_b.jpg

dkel
01-03-2014, 01:05 PM
I rode with Dogsled Guy for about 40 minutes this morning. It was awesome!
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3725/11734227803_5459ce21af_b.jpg

Must be nice for him actually to be on snow for a change.

jnva
01-03-2014, 01:58 PM
I rode with Dogsled Guy for about 40 minutes this morning. It was awesome!
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3725/11734227803_5459ce21af_b.jpg

I saw him in vienna. On the W&OD there were only three tracks in the snow. Two were from his sled, and the other must have been yours! He was heading west when I passed him.

TwoWheelsDC
01-03-2014, 02:34 PM
Lovely day, as long as you can ignore the blistering cold.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/04/qa4avudy.jpg

dbb
01-03-2014, 05:40 PM
Portions of the MVT near the CSX bridge were pretty clear. About 3 pm this afternoon.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_26161_zpsde27252b.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_26161_zpsde27252b.jpg.html)

Down near Gravelly Point it turned to packed snow

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_26171_zps82351098.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_26171_zps82351098.jpg.html)

The sound of the crunching of the ice and snow beneath my tires reminded me of "Ice Road Truckers" except none of them were driving convertibles.

Fast Friendly Guy
01-04-2014, 07:56 AM
http://thewashingtonpost.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

also: Just in time for BAFS
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dbb
01-04-2014, 10:05 AM
Last July versus yesterday. As an ophthalmologist might query, "Which is better, 1;

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/Temp20130717Jefferson1422hrs_zps93012e3f.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/Temp20130717Jefferson1422hrs_zps93012e3f.jpg.html)

or 2?"

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_26141_zps9a97fbae.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_26141_zps9a97fbae.jpg.html)

A couple more degrees and I could claim I've ridden a thermal century. Not likely to want (or survive) a metric thermal century!

sethpo
01-04-2014, 10:28 AM
At the meetup the other night, I was talking to someone from NOVA about the great riding in MoCo in the AgReserve/Sugar Loaf area. This is from early November...back when it was warm and toasty.

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Fast Friendly Guy
01-04-2014, 12:14 PM
http://www.strava.com/activities/103951103
Zoom for details

Greenbelt
01-04-2014, 03:34 PM
Rod Smith and Laurie L (mllwhnp) on their freezing saddles this afternoon:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/1512741_593316814068373_758582774_n.jpg
https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1526265_593316817401706_1885524793_n.jpg

KLizotte
01-04-2014, 04:29 PM
Now those are two are ELITE in the best possible way! :D

KLizotte
01-04-2014, 07:55 PM
Perhaps the smallest house in Alexandria? Looks like an alleyway fill in to me.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/05/y6y5aqes.jpg


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ShawnoftheDread
01-04-2014, 09:15 PM
Perhaps the smallest house in Alexandria? Looks like an alleyway fill in to me.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/05/y6y5aqes.jpg


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk (http://tapatalk.com/m?id=1)

That's exactly what it is. Called the Spite House, because the builder wanted to keep carriages out of the alleyway adjacent to his existing house.

The current owner has a matching blue Smart car that he parks out front.

KelOnWheels
01-04-2014, 09:18 PM
I love the Spite House! It's seven feet wide. :)

Phatboing
01-04-2014, 09:19 PM
So, this happened:
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And this
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And this
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But then this!
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(Had to hike 2 miles to Spokes because my fingers froze trying to put the crankarm back on.

Fast Friendly Guy
01-04-2014, 09:23 PM
So, this happened:

But then this! (Had to hike 2 miles to Spokes because my fingers froze trying to put the crankarm back on.

I hate when that happens! Hope you were able to get home okay.

Fast Friendly Guy
01-04-2014, 09:33 PM
That's exactly what it is. Called the Spite House, because the builder wanted to keep carriages out of the alleyway adjacent to his existing house.

The current owner has a matching blue Smart car that he parks out front.

I guess they use a twin bed!

Dirt
01-05-2014, 11:02 AM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7340/11778148736_4cfb3ce27c_b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5494/11777369015_8252ee03fb_b.jpg
Skreaminquadz' new rain jacket worked nicely.

sjclaeys
01-05-2014, 01:47 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7340/11778148736_4cfb3ce27c_b.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5494/11777369015_8252ee03fb_b.jpg
Skreaminquadz' new rain jacket worked nicely.

If anyone sees Skreaminquadz, could you ask him to join Team One's Strava group? I've tried to contact him but have not heard back.

dcv
01-05-2014, 02:30 PM
If anyone sees Skreaminquadz, could you ask him to join Team One's Strava group? I've tried to contact him but have not heard back.

Just pm'd him, he said he'll sign in later today.

jnva
01-06-2014, 01:35 PM
I rode with Dogsled Guy for about 40 minutes this morning. It was awesome!
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3725/11734227803_5459ce21af_b.jpg

Did you ask him about his dogs allegedly biting someone?

dbb
01-07-2014, 08:28 AM
Last July versus yesterday. As an ophthalmologist might query, "Which is better, 1;

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/Temp20130717Jefferson1422hrs_zps93012e3f.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/Temp20130717Jefferson1422hrs_zps93012e3f.jpg.html)

or 2?"

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_26141_zps9a97fbae.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_26141_zps9a97fbae.jpg.html)

A couple more degrees and I could claim I've ridden a thermal century. Not likely to want (or survive) a metric thermal century!

I got it this morning - 111.5 degree swing between July and today

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/IMG_26311_zps606afd1f.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/IMG_26311_zps606afd1f.jpg.html)

eminva
01-07-2014, 09:04 AM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/07/byraha7u.jpg

Hey, where is everybody?

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/07/qumanujy.jpg

Slacking my way in on metro. Got a disabled train ahead but at least the heat is blowing on my feet.

Liz

TwoWheelsDC
01-07-2014, 09:12 AM
No pictures while I was actually riding...wasn't about to take my gloves off!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7331/11818677524_309b1a8143.jpg

dkel
01-07-2014, 11:33 AM
Because this is such a classy forum, I know you will all appreciate this pic of my pannier at the end of my commute:

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Yes, ladies and gentlemen: frozen snot!

Greenbelt
01-07-2014, 11:35 AM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/07/byraha7u.jpg

Hey, where is everybody?

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/07/qumanujy.jpg

Slacking my way in on metro. Got a disabled train ahead but at least the heat is blowing on my feet.

Liz

Bike Arlington scarf!

skreaminquadz
01-07-2014, 11:39 AM
On my way out the door....
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guga31bb
01-07-2014, 12:02 PM
^ I really could have used ski goggles like that -- my sunglasses got fogged up the moment I put them on, so I had to take them off.

skreaminquadz
01-07-2014, 12:42 PM
^ I really could have used ski goggles like that -- my sunglasses got fogged up the moment I put them on, so I had to take them off.
Yeah, it was my first time using ski goggles to ride. And I can tell you - it helped tremendously! Although, right after snapping this pic my wife said that it looked like I was going to go rob a bank.

ShawnoftheDread
01-07-2014, 12:50 PM
I need to replace my old goggles (they're older than some of my BAFS teammates). They were great for keeping my eyes and surrounding skin from freezing, but have lost all their anti-fogging properties and most of the insulating foam around the edges.

dkel
01-07-2014, 12:54 PM
Although, right after snapping this pic my wife said that it looked like I was going to go rob a bank.

A bicycle might not be the best getaway vehicle...

skreaminquadz
01-07-2014, 01:00 PM
A bicycle might not be the best getaway vehicle...
Very true. But I guess she never said I looked like a "smart" bank robber.

vvill
01-07-2014, 01:44 PM
I love ski goggles for cold weather riding - keeps your sinuses/nosebridge a little warmer, anti-fog, a little bit of sun shade, and keeps eyeballs warm. Although today I did notice my eyes getting cold when riding into the wind. The big downside is reduced peripheral vision compared to a good set of sunglasses. I have two pairs of goggles that I bought just for cold weather riding.

Passed this on my lunchtime ride. It's funny how appealing ice cream looks even when it's frozen outside.
http://distilleryimage6.ak.instagram.com/18ba547277be11e389d01235530cb812_8.jpg

ShawnoftheDread
01-07-2014, 02:11 PM
I love ski goggles for cold weather riding - keeps your sinuses/nosebridge a little warmer, anti-fog, a little bit of sun shade, and keeps eyeballs warm. Although today I did notice my eyes getting cold when riding into the wind. The big downside is reduced peripheral vision compared to a good set of sunglasses. I have two pairs of goggles that I bought just for cold weather riding.


What do you have and which do you prefer?

cyclingfool
01-07-2014, 03:01 PM
I need to replace my old goggles (they're older than some of my BAFS teammates). They were great for keeping my eyes and surrounding skin from freezing, but have lost all their anti-fogging properties and most of the insulating foam around the edges.

http://amzn.com/B0049XHPA2

For your inner wookie. I mean, you still need to get goggles separately, but this is pretty sweet!

americancyclo
01-07-2014, 03:08 PM
have lost all their anti-fogging properties
saliva always works pretty well in my experience. just remember to wipe it on and let it dry BEFORE you go out in to the cold.

83(b)
01-07-2014, 03:11 PM
Apparently my morning commute got picked up by an AP photographer (http://www.washingtontimes.com/multimedia/image/deep-freeze-washingtonjpeg-001eejpg/)!
http://www.washingtontimes.com/multimedia/enlarge/image/deep-freeze-washingtonjpeg-001eejpg/?iframe=true&width=830&height=800

dkel
01-07-2014, 03:21 PM
saliva always works pretty well in my experience. just remember to wipe it on and let it dry BEFORE you go out in to the cold.

You just want to see how many people are going to spit on their goggles...

mstone
01-07-2014, 03:30 PM
Although, right after snapping this pic my wife said that it looked like I was going to go rob a bank.

...in space!

ShawnoftheDread
01-07-2014, 03:31 PM
saliva always works pretty well in my experience. just remember to wipe it on and let it dry BEFORE you go out in to the cold.

Even that didn't help.

TwoWheelsDC
01-07-2014, 03:38 PM
Even that didn't help.

The only thing that worked for me, even with decent goggles, was pulling my balaclava down. It ended up being fine, because my lips/nose aren't particularly sensitive to cold. I prefer to have my mouth/nose exposed anyway, as breathing through a balaclava is extremely difficult for me.

jrenaut
01-07-2014, 04:08 PM
Plenty of parking available at work.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3785/11819289633_25806ee660.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/11819289633/)
Where is everyone? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/11819289633/) by thetejon (http://www.flickr.com/people/thetejon/), on Flickr

consularrider
01-07-2014, 04:09 PM
Plenty of parking available at work.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3785/11819289633_25806ee660.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/11819289633/)
Where is everyone? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetejon/11819289633/) by thetejon (http://www.flickr.com/people/thetejon/), on Flickr
Nice bike cages!

vvill
01-07-2014, 05:00 PM
What do you have and which do you prefer?

Having no experience with goggles, I just went and bought a cheap pair of Oakleys on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Oakley-O-Frame-Goggles-Clear-Black/dp/B002HMD8W6) (they were ~$31 when I bought them) and another cheap pair Dragon "Vendetta" from The Clymb (~$20 at the time). Actually both of these are listed as motocross goggles. The Oakleys are a smaller frame but fit me fine and came with a clear lens - you can buy tinted lenses to swap in too. I also use them during peak pollen season. The Dragons are full size and the graphics are a bit much but they work fine, and are tinted. I haven't tried wearing spectacles under either of them, if that's important. I like the Oakleys better because they aren't huge but if it's sunny enough I'll take the other pair.

I probably wear goggles < 10 times a year so I didn't want to spend too much on them. Regularly snowbound folks probably have much better suggestions.

jrenaut
01-07-2014, 05:15 PM
Nice bike cages!
Yeah, it's pretty nice. And it's only the nicest early summer days that they actually fill up. There are a couple wheel-bender racks, too. Secure garage.

vvill
01-07-2014, 05:21 PM
The only thing that worked for me, even with decent goggles, was pulling my balaclava down. It ended up being fine, because my lips/nose aren't particularly sensitive to cold. I prefer to have my mouth/nose exposed anyway, as breathing through a balaclava is extremely difficult for me.

Yeah I almost never wear a full balaclava because it makes fogging up worse, I'll usually go with a Buff above the goggles and one below. Or something like one of these (http://airholefacemasks.com/airtube/) for the neck/lower face.

PotomacCyclist
01-07-2014, 05:43 PM
Baby shampoo works to keep swim goggles from fogging up (usually). Don't know if it would work with ski goggles too. Rinse the goggles before using and let air dry, unless you want to go outside with wet goggles on your face.

Dirt
01-07-2014, 06:30 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7317/11824967846_499e01b35b_b.jpg
Mao!

TwoWheelsDC
01-07-2014, 07:04 PM
I don't remember the river being frozen over this morning, but tonight it looked like something out of Deadliest Catch.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/11827767666_133984b2a5.jpg

Rod Smith
01-07-2014, 07:08 PM
Because this is such a classy forum, I know you will all appreciate this pic of my pannier at the end of my commute:

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Yes, ladies and gentlemen: frozen snot!

You want classy? I got your classy right here.
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/selfies/DSC07928.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/selfies/DSC07928.jpg.html)

Rod Smith
01-07-2014, 07:14 PM
A few more from the past week

Thursday night
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/DSC07909.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/DSC07909.jpg.html)

Saturday
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/DSC07915.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/DSC07915.jpg.html)

dcv
01-07-2014, 07:29 PM
You want classy? I got your classy right here.
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/selfies/DSC07928.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/selfies/DSC07928.jpg.html)

Is that what you looked like when you met Gillian?

dkel
01-07-2014, 07:30 PM
You want classy? I got your classy right here.
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/selfies/DSC07928.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/selfies/DSC07928.jpg.html)

Tip of the hat to you, sir. You have bested me. In matters of snot. Congratulations.

TwoWheelsDC
01-08-2014, 09:12 AM
Enjoy the iced-over views while they last! I think you have to cross the TR or Key bridges to see the most of it. Looks like it disappears between the TR and Memorial.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3821/11836851944_be9d4b8e27_z.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3704/11836434045_7aa6fc2c1b_z.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3746/11836343374_7eed9ac9bb_c.jpg

sethpo
01-08-2014, 09:53 AM
More frozen river...

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bobco85
01-08-2014, 10:19 AM
Enjoy the iced-over views while they last! I think you have to cross the TR or Key bridges to see the most of it. Looks like it disappears between the TR and Memorial.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3746/11836343374_7eed9ac9bb_c.jpg

Awesome pictures! I wonder, if you took a picture looking straight down at the river from the bridge, would it look like a microscope slide of bacteria? That'd be really cool! If I remember this afternoon (and it's not too dark), I'll try and head there to see what I can get.

guga31bb
01-08-2014, 10:48 AM
Thanks for posting the icy river pics -- these are really neat.

jnva
01-08-2014, 01:22 PM
Here's from key bridge. It's awesome!
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Dirt
01-08-2014, 01:41 PM
Dani handing out KINDSnacks to intrepid bicycle commuters on Kansas Ave. NW. I totally love being a bike ambassador.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3719/11840906776_abfafc3f90_b.jpg
We cheered on the two dozen people we met during morning commute. Positive interactions are sometimes rare. The BikeKindly program is the awesome exception.

Join the Bike Ambassadors at Chinatown Coffee Company (6th and H St. NW) on Thursday, January 16th from 7:30-9am to find out more about this program and what you can do to become a Bike Ambassador!

Rod Smith
01-08-2014, 08:35 PM
I wasn't going to haul the trailer around Hains Point for FS2 but you left me no choice. You know who you are.
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/DSC07941.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/DSC07941.jpg.html)

DismalScientist
01-08-2014, 08:39 PM
It shouldn't take too long to determine which miscreant on Team 2 left this unwanted graffiti. I'm sure the MPD would like to be properly informed.:rolleyes:

TwoWheelsDC
01-09-2014, 09:03 AM
This one is for Bobco:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3666/11854280536_7109527c59_z.jpg

dbb
01-09-2014, 09:22 AM
I wasn't going to haul the trailer around Hains Point for FS2 but you left me no choice. You know who you are.
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/DSC07941.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/DSC07941.jpg.html)

<mounting soapbox>

As much as I would like to commend the enthusiasm shown here, as I ride the trails I am regularly annoyed by trail users that use spray paint to provide directions, offer encouragement or otherwise communicate. Spray paint is pretty permanent, particularly on surfaces that don't get much traffic.

Last fall during the WABA membership campaign they used sidewalk chalk and that is gone now.

Please don't use spray paint.

Thanks

<dismounting soapbox>

consularrider
01-09-2014, 09:48 AM
I wasn't going to haul the trailer around Hains Point for FS2 but you left me no choice. You know who you are.
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/DSC07941.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/DSC07941.jpg.html)
Don't look at me.

bobco85
01-09-2014, 12:17 PM
This one is for Bobco:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3666/11854280536_7109527c59_z.jpg

Thank you very much for this picture! I think it looks awesome, especially since at first you'd never be able to tell that the photo was shot looking over a bridge straight down at the river.

I was going to head to the bridge to get my own photo after work yesterday, but I first decided to take a nap...

...and promptly woke up at 7:30 pm, making it a bit more difficult to get a day shot.

bobco85
01-09-2014, 12:20 PM
<mounting soapbox>

As much as I would like to commend the enthusiasm shown here, as I ride the trails I am regularly annoyed by trail users that use spray paint to provide directions, offer encouragement or otherwise communicate. Spray paint is pretty permanent, particularly on surfaces that don't get much traffic.

Last fall during the WABA membership campaign they used sidewalk chalk and that is gone now.

Please don't use spray paint.

Thanks

<dismounting soapbox>

Seconded, especially for the occasional Crazy Ivan arrows that I will see on the W&OD and Custis. I want to get my own spray paint and put underneath it "Look before turning" or "No Crazy Ivans!"

jnva
01-09-2014, 12:44 PM
Still frozen today4448

JoeB
01-09-2014, 05:27 PM
Yes, it's yet another iced-over river pic, but I do think this one came out pretty well!

4451

Dirt
01-09-2014, 05:32 PM
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3774/11860896454_c5c2a1c7a2_b.jpg
Wine and cheese crit.... minus the cheese.

jnva
01-10-2014, 03:26 PM
Icy river at around noon today
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Dirt
01-10-2014, 03:29 PM
29 degrees and raining... It was a difficult day to dress for. Fun ride with Brian though.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7302/11874967266_a760c7e63f_b.jpg

Dirt
01-11-2014, 04:17 PM
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2871/11893474064_74d11ff4fe_b.jpg
Mr Bighead and Teddy.

Vicegrip
01-11-2014, 08:37 PM
Your smile still seems bigger.

Dirt
01-11-2014, 10:18 PM
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5536/11899503306_cc093e3847_b.jpg
Cool and rainy.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3676/11899052534_289a4159aa_b.jpg
Kennedy Center and Potomac Ice

dbb
01-12-2014, 05:42 PM
Did a ride along the Anacostia and saw

The Park Police Aviation Auxiliary performing some sort of group training activity

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/ParkPoliceHelipad201401122_zps9253111b.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/ParkPoliceHelipad201401122_zps9253111b.jpg.html)

And the DC fleet

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w490/dbb-bike/USSBarry201401123_zps61f26d1d.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/dbb-bike/media/USSBarry201401123_zps61f26d1d.jpg.html)

Pretty great day for a ride.

Dirt
01-12-2014, 07:00 PM
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5530/11916670145_0764bed403_b.jpg
Hammertime!

83(b)
01-12-2014, 07:57 PM
Bike polo with a sledge hammer?!?!

Dirt
01-12-2014, 09:03 PM
Bike polo with a sledge hammer?!?!
Nah. I found that climbing Loudoun County hills on a road surface consisting of 2" of peanut butter mud on top of ice and snow on a fixie wasn't really the challenge I was looking for. ;)

ShawnoftheDread
01-12-2014, 10:50 PM
Nah. I found that climbing Loudoun County hills on a road surface consisting of 2" of peanut butter mud on top of ice and snow on a fixie wasn't really the challenge I was looking for. ;)

How long did you hold on to the sledge? Just long enough for the pic or all the way home?

cvcalhoun
01-12-2014, 11:03 PM
What got to me was that the waves actually froze!

4468


Icy river at around noon today
4458

Dirt
01-13-2014, 07:07 AM
How long did you hold on to the sledge? Just long enough for the pic or all the way home?
I rode around for 1/2 mile or so. It was a really nice hammer. I wanted to keep it, but figured someone who needed it more than I would really be missing it off of his truck. I leaned it against a mailbox right near where I'd found it. With the fixie, it would have been easy to carry the last 5 miles back to the ride finish.

Dirt
01-13-2014, 07:10 AM
This is what it's all about. Everybody's smiling... even on a rather challenging route with peanutbutter mud and seriously icy roads.
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2851/11917246883_ce62b6982a_b.jpg
Photo by DKeg... aka The Godfather of Gravel.

dasgeh
01-13-2014, 04:40 PM
Kidical Bikeshare!

4474 --> that was totally the wrong pic...

This is the right pic:
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Dirt
01-13-2014, 07:48 PM
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5547/11938451464_6b4d9b061b_b.jpg
Nats

Dirt
01-14-2014, 09:25 PM
Holmes Run Flooding
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7332/11957716546_0dc19b902e_b.jpg

Dirt
01-15-2014, 10:07 PM
The fog was as thick as pea soup...
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5475/11974418543_c142fd01cb_b.jpg

dcv
01-18-2014, 05:15 PM
The WOD just east of Leesburg, Saturday 1/18
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20140118_145855_zpsb4be9808.jpg

Dirt
01-18-2014, 06:20 PM
W&OD east of Vienna
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3723/12020090704_b55fd0049b_b.jpg

JimF22003
01-18-2014, 11:23 PM
At Great Falls on the C&O:

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii159/JimF22003/IMG_0258_zps2aa3ab0b.jpg (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/JimF22003/media/IMG_0258_zps2aa3ab0b.jpg.html)

dcv
01-19-2014, 04:47 PM
Refueling stop on the BAFS team 4 ride, cause that's how we roll
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/vng2327/bike%20posts/20140119_122520_zpsf44ff214.jpg

(with guest appearance from fast friendly guy, mrs. dcv and dcv jr.)

KLizotte
01-19-2014, 07:01 PM
I can't believe the McDonalds has bike racks! And way out in the 'burbs to boot!

Rod Smith
01-19-2014, 07:24 PM
There for the employees.

Rod Smith
01-19-2014, 07:29 PM
Way out west
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/DSC08002.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/DSC08002.jpg.html)

Back in warmer climes
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/bike/DSC08003.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/bike/DSC08003.jpg.html)

KLizotte
01-19-2014, 10:09 PM
What's up with the near naked guy behind you?!!!!

hozn
01-19-2014, 10:21 PM
That is so weird. I saw that mostly naked guy further east on the Custis doing push ups in the middle of the westbound trail lane.

Fast Friendly Guy
01-20-2014, 06:47 AM
Bollard Busters generously allowed an interloper from Lucky 7 Samurai Sandbags to enjoy a Potomac-Poolesville country ride on a perfect chilly/sunny day!
Thanks, Team 4!
Signed,
Fast Friendly Guy


Ahead-DCV and Peter Kong
4511

Behind- dcv jr.and mrs. dcv
4512

Rod Smith
01-20-2014, 07:21 AM
What's up with the near naked guy behind you?!!!!

Included in the shot to show how much it warmed up.

Fast Friendly Guy
01-20-2014, 04:29 PM
http://www.strava.com/activities/107791087

Greenbelt
01-20-2014, 07:53 PM
Slowing down Rod Smith with beer and mussels
https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1524960_601336523266402_1763488667_n.jpg

Mikey
01-20-2014, 09:57 PM
http://www.strava.com/activities/107791087
Likeba human etch-a-sketch

jabberwocky
01-20-2014, 10:13 PM
http://www.strava.com/activities/107791087
That is the greatest thing ever, in the history of everything.

DaveK
01-20-2014, 10:20 PM
http://www.strava.com/activities/107791087

Right by my front door. I'm in the general dorsal fin area.

KLizotte
01-20-2014, 11:48 PM
I think David P should do a donkey and an elephant. We are in DC after all!

Vicegrip
01-21-2014, 08:23 AM
4515Monday sky art

dkel
01-21-2014, 10:06 AM
Did a #kidical ride around DC yesterday. (You can see our bikes photobombing on the side.)
4516
Everyone had a great time. My favorite part was trying out the bike lane on Pennsylvania Ave, and seeing the President's motorcade.

Fast Friendly Guy
01-21-2014, 02:48 PM
Curious how it's done? The artist as the king of riding nerds
4521
I attach my plans to my forearms with rubber bands
4522
and squint at my Edge 800 to try and remember where to go.
I have to be careful because there's NO ERASER

Dirt
01-21-2014, 03:05 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7457/12072228075_3a6290767f_b.jpg

Fast Friendly Guy
01-21-2014, 03:46 PM
I think David P should do a donkey and an elephant. We are in DC after all!


Thanks for the suggestion, KLizotte, I'm way ahead of you on this one! It just takes a lot of time to fine tune the plan and search for the right streets!

Fast Friendly Guy
01-21-2014, 03:48 PM
Did a #kidical ride around DC yesterday. (You can see our bikes photobombing on the side.)
4516
Everyone had a great time. My favorite part was trying out the bike lane on Pennsylvania Ave, and seeing the President's motorcade.

Good picture!

Mikey
01-21-2014, 04:03 PM
4525
Fresh tracks in the powder.

sethpo
01-21-2014, 04:50 PM
4526

and a little video of a little snow ride...

http://instagram.com/p/jckVwqnyhS/

TwoWheelsDC
01-21-2014, 07:37 PM
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3786/12076755345_3847c1f486_z.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3700/12077055113_96c44fa1e0_z.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7373/12077383376_d68980c07e_z.jpg

Safer to ride in the snow:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7326/12077378956_ec39a384b4_z.jpg

peterw_diy
01-21-2014, 08:55 PM
Safer to ride in the snow

+1. Untouched side streets rule.

I love that nobody around here understands studded tires. Lots of didja-ride-today?s and bike-carefully!s. As expected it was the fancy rear-wheel-drive sports cars that had trouble moving, not my bike.

cyclingfool
01-21-2014, 10:03 PM
I have to be careful because there's NO ERASER

Not necessarily. There's always BaseCamp. :)

Dirt
01-22-2014, 12:56 PM
From the "don't try this at home" folder:
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3785/12089178583_f3bed24138_b.jpg

Fast Friendly Guy
01-22-2014, 01:21 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/23/hute8ute.jpg
W&OD this morning @ 10am

Steve O
01-22-2014, 02:26 PM
I think David P should do a donkey and an elephant. We are in DC after all!

I was working on an idea for one of these, but it was pathetic in comparison to Dave's. I will now humbly go about my usual business.

Dirt
01-22-2014, 02:51 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/23/hute8ute.jpg
W&OD this morning @ 10am
Oh! I think I see my tire tracks. They're right *there*!

vvill
01-24-2014, 10:13 AM
I was working on an idea for one of these, but it was pathetic in comparison to Dave's. I will now humbly go about my usual business.

Given the awesomeness of Dave's creations, I may well award 2nd/3rd places too...! Don't give up!

jopamora
01-24-2014, 12:53 PM
Watch out when going through the Dalecarlia tunnel

4540

Phatboing
01-24-2014, 04:39 PM
Watch out when going through the Dalecarlia tunnel

4540

For a moment, I thought you took this while on your side, after taking a spill. Then I thought "Priorities, yo. Stand up first."

Fast Friendly Guy
01-24-2014, 07:50 PM
http://www.strava.com/activities/108697522

4544
Awwwww..........I love baby animals!

"Remember, Son, a good winter bike is a chick magnet."

Rod Smith
01-24-2014, 07:52 PM
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/DC_/Snowy%20Owl/DSC08026.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/DC_/Snowy%20Owl/DSC08026.jpg.html)

KayakCyndi
01-24-2014, 08:05 PM
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/DC_/Snowy%20Owl/DSC08026.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/DC_/Snowy%20Owl/DSC08026.jpg.html)

I'm so jealous! I've been hoping to see him all week -- of course that would be easier if I actually left my office.

hozn
01-24-2014, 10:59 PM
Had a fun mountain ride this AM in Lake Fairfax park. The snow was deep in places but a lot of it was nicely packed and fast. But you had to watch your line or the bike would quickly slide out (as happened to me a few times).

So Difficult Run wasn't really crossable.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/25/zagy5a6y.jpg

But luckily 267 crosses difficult run so we didn't have to go all the way back through the park.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/25/9eqy2a3u.jpg

dbb
01-25-2014, 05:01 AM
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/DC_/Snowy%20Owl/DSC08026.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/DC_/Snowy%20Owl/DSC08026.jpg.html)

Where and when? Urban birding at its finest!

Rod Smith
01-25-2014, 07:14 AM
1100 15th around noon. Not hard to spot, he'd drawn a crowd.
http://i478.photobucket.com/albums/rr147/Rod_Smith/DC_/Snowy%20Owl/DSC08041.jpg (http://s478.photobucket.com/user/Rod_Smith/media/DC_/Snowy%20Owl/DSC08041.jpg.html)

Dirt
01-25-2014, 06:45 PM
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3823/12142180733_a35f02d545_b.jpg
Home sweet home. :D

dkel
01-25-2014, 07:53 PM
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3823/12142180733_a35f02d545_b.jpg
Home sweet home. :D

That is one big grin!

Dirt
01-26-2014, 10:08 AM
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5520/12152771843_6498d71d83_b.jpg
Sharing

Dirt
01-26-2014, 06:36 PM
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3772/12152773193_108901e838_b.jpg
This morning the cross bike was a challenge to control with one hand while photographing.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3803/12162105976_1c8abeff91_b.jpg
Changing to the fat bike for the afternoon commute definitely made dealing with the conditions much, much easier.

Dirt
01-28-2014, 10:53 AM
The WABA bike ambassadors were out at the Minnesota Ave. Metro station last night getting signatures for the Suitland Parkway petition. We went in to the library to warm up a bit. The sunset was lovely.
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3712/12182236835_983402eafa_b.jpg

Mikey
01-28-2014, 11:07 AM
agreed
4585

Dirt
01-29-2014, 06:35 PM
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2875/12212837403_3c25513f07_b.jpg
W&OD out west

mstone
01-29-2014, 07:31 PM
shouldn't there be more ski tracks?

jnva
01-29-2014, 07:44 PM
Sunset over the frozen Potomac. 4593

jnva
01-29-2014, 08:13 PM
Frozen canal. Guess what I did? :-)
4594

Rod Smith
01-29-2014, 08:15 PM
shouldn't there be more ski tracks?

Not quite deep enough for skis.

Rod Smith
01-29-2014, 08:16 PM
Frozen canal. Guess what I did? :-)
4594

Ice skate?