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Sat Dec 30, 2017, 07:40 PM

One thing the snow is good for...


...is figuring out where I put my SD card from one of my favorite rides of the year. From Westminster, CO to Boulder and back with a group from a Continuing Legal Ed program of the Colorado Bar Association.

The legal ed program was pretty good, too.

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Reply One thing the snow is good for... (Original post)
jberryhill Dec 2017 OP
elleng Dec 2017 #1
jberryhill Dec 2017 #3
TexasProgresive Dec 2017 #2
jberryhill Dec 2017 #4
TexasProgresive Dec 2017 #5
TexasProgresive Dec 2017 #6
Jim Lane Dec 2017 #7
jberryhill Dec 2017 #8
Jim Lane Jan 2018 #9
jberryhill Jan 2018 #10
Jim Lane Jan 2018 #11

Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Dec 30, 2017, 07:43 PM

1. Best example of CLE I've heard,

except for my brother's who, admitted in Iowa, traveled to VERMONT for CLE where we had a family reunion!

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 30, 2017, 08:26 PM

3. In PA, we do 13 hours...


12 hours substantive and 1 hour ethics.

You're going to blow two days of work anyway, so you might as well go someplace nice.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Dec 30, 2017, 07:45 PM

2. And I thought you were riding with studded tires

Thanks for the virtual ride.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 30, 2017, 08:27 PM

4. There's a mountain bike in the basement...

...which I've been meaning to take a look at. Hmmmm.... where did I leave my chain wear gauge...

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 30, 2017, 09:05 PM

5. Here I was looking up to you as a roll (sic) model.

Just goes to show.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 10:47 AM

6. Great video.

I had to wait until my laptop was in free wifi area to watch. I avoid watching any video at home because of data cap. I wish I was on the ride. Looks like a good group. The ones I ride with are mostly PHDs. Some teach others work in their fields. It is good to be with a group of keen minds. And it's amazing how much conversation gets done while riding.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 04:52 PM

7. Did you ship your own bike, or rent/borrow one?

 

I would begrudge the expense and inconvenience of shipping a bike both ways, but I never feel very comfortable riding a bike I'm not used to.

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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 31, 2017, 05:47 PM

8. Well, there's the thing....

Renting a bike while traveling can be more of a headache than taking one along.

I take mine with me just about everywhere...













I ride the weirdest bike on the planet, though. It's a carbon frame hybrid bike, so that the combined weight of the bag, pump (can't fly with CO2), tools and shoes is under 50 pounds. So it can go as "oversize luggage" or "sporting equipment", depending on which category is cheaper for a given airline.

I wrap the frame in pool noodle sections, it mounts into the frame in the bag, and the bag has roller blade wheels on casters. It goes anywhere, and it is amazing how small a car you can rent as long as the back seat folds down.

That bike goes everywhere...





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Response to jberryhill (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 2, 2018, 01:23 PM

9. Interesting. I've NEVER shipped a bike anywhere.

 

Besides the expense and inconvenience, I've worried about what the bike would look like at the other end. Perhaps I was influenced by Tom Paxton. Completely tangential to your thread, but here's his account of what happened when, en route to give a concert, he entrusted his guitar to the airline baggage process:


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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 21, 2018, 10:38 PM

10. Packing well is key

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And, yeah, anything can happen to luggage. I had it catch up a day late to me once, but no major disasters yet.

I usually squeeze in some riding during the course of a business trip, and the hassle of finding decent bike rentals, fitting their schedule into your schedule and, frankly, getting something reliable, can be aggravating. On the scheduling thing, if I decided to throw in a Saturday someplace, then I want to hit the road earlier than the shops are open. That requires a multi-day rental (and dealing with getting the bike to where you are or vice versa), and making sure you can return it before they close on Saturday, and then flying out Sunday morning. Plus, if you have the bike with you right there at your hotel or whatever, then it's a whole lot easier to get in some early morning / evening rides just because you are somewhere new, and a bicycle is the best way to get to know a place.

With multi-day rentals in some places, then even having a airline which is fee-crazy (or being able to avoid fees through loyalty programs or credit card affiliation), you can come out ahead on cost; and the hassle of packing and unpacking is frequently less than the hassle of arranging a bike rental. Even if you have, say, good concierge services where you are staying, their idea of a "rental bike" and your idea of a "rental bike" can wildly differ.

Although, once in a while you get to try out a pretty cool bike. My workhorse is an upgrade from a machine I really got to like in the Al-frame version from a frequent rental (although that guy is kind of upset he can't ridiculously overcharge me for renting from him anymore, but I do plug his business on TripAdvisor, so there's that). But a friend of mine took me up the coast from Santa Monica past Malibu, and we rented from, obviously, one of many fine bike shops in that area. So, I got to try out a Trek Madone model that was like the difference between driving the family car and getting into a Lambo. You'd *think* about going faster, and the thing would just accelerate like it was patched into your spinal cord.

Plus, I like having my bike in the pictures from the rides...... even if it's just a few miles from home, like today:


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Response to jberryhill (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 22, 2018, 01:58 AM

11. I could see from the photo that you had a black belt in bike-packing.

 

I don't travel enough to try to level up in that skill.

You write that "a bicycle is the best way to get to know a place." Without my bike, I settle for walking around, which is usually a pretty good second choice. The only exception was Detroit. Not wanting to take unnecessary risks, I asked the hotel concierge which nearby areas would be safe. She flatly said that there were none. Of course, under those conditions maybe you would've stayed inside as well!

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