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Mon Jan 26, 2015, 11:25 AM

Wilmington DE to Philadelphia

With the storm coming, it was definitely time for a ride.

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Reply Wilmington DE to Philadelphia (Original post)
jberryhill Jan 2015 OP
Adsos Letter Jan 2015 #1
jberryhill Jan 2015 #2
Adsos Letter Jan 2015 #3
jberryhill Jan 2015 #4
rgbecker Jan 2015 #5
jberryhill Jan 2015 #6
66 dmhlt Jan 2015 #7
jberryhill Jan 2015 #8

Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Mon Jan 26, 2015, 11:59 AM

1. Looks cold. n/t

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Response to Adsos Letter (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 26, 2015, 12:08 PM

2. It's okay as long as you are moving


I was wearing Smartwool socks, a pair of thermal tights, a long sleeve jersey and a windbreaker.

My feet had still been getting cold, even with shoe covers, because with clipless pedals, you still have a metal connector to the exposed pedals, which makes a great heat sink.

What I found is that sticking a pair of these under the insole of the shoes does the trick:



Happyslug's winter riding thesis is bang on. Up until recently, I had been over-layering, sweating, and then getting cold from being wet.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 26, 2015, 12:17 PM

3. It was fun to watch from the comfort of a warm room in California, coffee close by. :)

I was amazed you filmed it with a hand held camera, especially the off road segment. I'd have been plowing into any number of things.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 26, 2015, 12:49 PM

4. Weird thing is...

...I started riding a few years ago to give my legs something to do in the summer, in order to keep up with my kids on skis in the winter.

But at this point, it's become a four-season sport...



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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Mon Jan 26, 2015, 05:54 PM

5. Hey, Thanks for posting this.

 

I don't know where that is, but its nice to see hardly one car.

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Response to rgbecker (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 26, 2015, 07:38 PM

6. The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge...

...is located directly adjacent to the Philadelphia International Airport and Interstate-95. It is located in Tinicum, Pennsylvania and is named for the John Heinz the ketchup heir and first husband of Theresa Heinz-Kerry.

I had never been back there, and found out about halfway through that it was too wet for slick tires (28x700 Continental Gator skins). It's a cinder trail, though, so it was firm beneath the water and slush (and I wasn't digging a rut in mud).

It is just north of the Commodore Barry Bridge (the big steel one), which crosses the Delaware River into New Jersey at Chester, Pennsylvania.

For the rides I like, a hybrid bike (Giant Escape) is best suited for getting a good roll on pavement while still being able to go off-road once in a while.

(the sequences are Wilmington DE, Christina River waterfront; Chester PA beneath the Commodore Barry Bridge; the JHNWR; and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge between Philadelphia and Camden NJ)

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Tue Jan 27, 2015, 09:28 AM

7. It made me dizzy.

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Response to 66 dmhlt (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 27, 2015, 10:34 AM

8. I'd buy a mount for the phone, but...

...one more piece of bike gear and I'll be single again.

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