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Old 07-20-13, 09:26 AM   #3976
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Great fun last night. I didn't take as many photos - too busy enjoying myself. And, I spent a lot of time trying to get used to toelips and the new cleats from Yellow Jersey. It's been a lot of years since I've gone that route but, at least, for the night it gave some relief to a nerve issue in my right foot.

Great mix of bikes - Ms. Patina, my old Pug PL8, Matt's Singer (my first time seeing it and I was really looking forward to that) and Jeff's gorgeous Colnago (that got more than one "wow" from fans at the races afterward). Temps were in the low 80's and the trail wasn't as busy this year as last when we did this. What I didn'r realize until I looked it up yesterday morning is the velodrome was having it's annual Grand Prix race so there was some top level talent there from around the west coast, Canada and even a rider from New Zealand.

The beautiful Singer and northbend in action:



D.D. action shot -



A really sweet Schwinn Super Sport that was there (in spite of the red chainring)



The kids races were a blast to watch:



Sarah Hammer - Olympic silver medallist in front. Race 1 of 3 in the matched sprint finals. She had a great night also winning the 30+ lap miss-n-out race



Keirin racing:

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Old 07-20-13, 10:30 AM   #3977
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Lol!

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Old 07-21-13, 01:00 AM   #3978
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First of all, let me say how fun it was to meet up again with Scott and Matt for our (now annual?) Marymoor Velodrome ride

I'm late to the party with pics due to the fact I couldn't get a hotel last night to save my life, therefore, no interwebz connectivity. But we'll fix that now.

Our ride on the out-leg wasn't particularly fast; had people on the trail to contend with and some conversation to make, too. That changed on our way back, tho; we pounded back to the 'drome in a pretty fast revolving paceline. Both these guys can really pull - and Matt was riding on some fat, 30-something-millimeter knobby tires, too! One person did join up with us for a little bit, but the next time I looked back she'd disappeared. We made it back just in time for the start of racing.

Matt and Scott starting out:



All three of us in this shot:



Hub-view of the trail ahead - it was a gorgeous late afternoon:



Matt rolling nice and easy on those 30mm+ tires:



Scott and Matt fly down "Brunchen" on the outward leg:



Myself descending one of the short, steep hills on the return leg:



Scott climbing the same hill:



Scott and Matt descend together:



They carve the turn at the bottom in unison, too:



More to come...

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Looks like a fun time on the BG and at Marymoore was had. Very cool.

I was in the woods:



Finally found someone I could pass.
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Second set.

Matt rounding a turn on the way back:



I love going downhill - and staying off the brakes:



I didn't get any pics on the way back; I was too busy trying to hold those two monsters' wheels! Oh, I suppose I held my own okay, but if these two decided to really hammer a ride out, well, let's just say I'd be rolling in after they'd showered and changed, okay?

Thanks for not killing me, guys!

Back at the track, it was time for the Kiddie Kilo:



My Colnago basks in the setting sun at the first turn:



The winner of the second round of the women's Match Sprint:



Start of the men's Keirin:



In all of my race night visits, I never saw a crash until this night; two guys went down, but both walked away with only their pride injured:



Stretching is just as important as hard riding:



Check out the tats:



The ladies line the rail before the start of their Miss And Out:



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Old 07-21-13, 01:40 AM   #3981
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Start of the ladies' Miss And Out:



Turn four action during the MAO:



The group sails through turn one:



Close, fast action on the front straight:



The final five sprint for the line:



Victory lap:



Podium award presentation:



I had another fun afternoon/evening hanging out with some fellow Forumites; I totally agree with Matt - if you get the chance, link up and go make some memories

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Old 07-21-13, 03:35 PM   #3982
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We rode the tandem from the house this morning, out to Bedford, Concord, Carlisle, back again, a round trip of 41.8 miles, mostly roads we'd ridden many times.

Stopping at Hutchins Organic Farm in Concord. Sharon had to buy some kale.




The Skeleton Rd I saw a week or two ago turns out to be Skelton. Dang, Skeleton would have been much more interesting. That's what happens when you try to read road signs through sunglasses which have been blurred o'er with the pale cast of sweat.

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Monsoon season has arrived in the Valley. With it, came relief from the oppressive heat of this Summer.
This weekend was relatively cool, with temps never reaching 100F. Sunday morning was wonderfully cool at 78, with a lot of clouds and 40% chance of rain. Perfect!
You didn't have to ask me twice if I should suit up and go riding!

I took my Benotto for its maiden voyage. After not riding most of the Summer, it was all smiles once I was on my way. The 'new' bike got its shake down on my regular neighborhood route. My Italian ex-patriot did not disappoint. It felt nimble, willing to accelerate. Very stable, I immediately rode without hands and it tracked straight and drama free. It transferred the feel of the road in a way reminiscent of DD's Colnago Super. I assume it's the (Italian) race geometry. It feels better than my Giant-made Bianchi Premio. The Benotto seems to speak to you, "Let's play!"

I turned onto the climb and it ascended 2 miles with ease. Only the mechanicals required attention....a RD cable adjustment, and a clunking when I mash the pedals up the climb only. I will need to check those crank bolts. I saw a good number of riders descending opposite of me. One was on C&V steel, and old celeste Bianchi! He zipped by before I could shout, "Nice bike!"

The descent was equally satisfying. Never twitchy, once up to speed I didn't have to concentrate on the bike. I got passed by a rider on a modern Trek. I replaced my water bottle and took chase for a few miles at 25 mph. The bike felt very good and seemed faster than my Bianchi.

The only negative was I couldn't get comfortable on the saddle. With only 10 miles, my left sit bone wasn't happy. Too bad, this Cutter saddle is very light, sharp looking and matched the scheme of the Benotto. I had high hopes for it. Hope an adjustment will resolve it. Perhaps my left leg is shorter than the right. Hmm.

I had to cut short my already short 15 miler. The sky around me got dark, and I could see rain pouring down about 1/2 mile front of me! I ducked into a gas station for shelter. The shower arrived and left just as quickly. I began the last few miles home, but the running water and puddles got me soaked anyway, with the streak of dirt and water up my back we all know well.

The short ride was satisfactory, the Benotto came through with high marks, and I spent the rest of the morning washing her, and watching the the Tour enter Paris. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday.
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Old 07-21-13, 07:03 PM   #3984
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36 miles on the Gitane today. High 70s, super humid. I rode in Cranston-Johnston-Scituate RI.






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Old 07-21-13, 08:21 PM   #3985
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Thanks for all the great photos. I'm definitely going to have to broaden my riding horizons beyond California! I'm not sure I will make it as far as Kent or the Telemark Canal, but I can dream.

Here's a little more of California. This was a ride I took on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Range. Basically an up-and-down in some beautiful countryside. The road begins at Tom's Place at about 7,100 feet and ends at Mosquito Flats (mercilessly devoid of mosquitoes this time) at about 10,200 feet. From the sagebrush to the alpine conifers.

The middle section of road. Sierra Nevada crest in the background.




The view of Rock Creek Lake from the road.




One lane bridge on the upper, narrower section of road.




Mosquito Flats trailhead at the top of the road.




Rock Creek.







23 miles, all on pavement.
3,100 feet of elevation gain (and drop)

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Old 07-22-13, 05:48 AM   #3986
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Looks like a fun time on the BG and at Marymoore was had. Very cool.

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Finally found someone I could pass.
Now that is funny!
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Old 07-22-13, 08:41 AM   #3987
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I did 30 miles yesterday with a good friend. I failed to take pics of the interesting stuff. Afterwards we prepared a meal with only what I had on hand. Roasted pork loin with black beans/mango/rice and an awesome pan sauce with caramelized onions.


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Old 07-22-13, 02:07 PM   #3988
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Afterwards we prepared a meal with only what I had on hand.
Since your bikes are parked at a supermarket in the photo, I gotta ask, did you forget your wallet?

Anyway, it looks a whole lot more tasty than the photo immediately above your post.
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Since your bikes are parked at a supermarket in the photo, I gotta ask, did you forget your wallet?

Anyway, it looks a whole lot more tasty than the photo immediately above your post.
Good catch. No, I had my wallet. We had stopped for a Powerade. I should have picked up some cilantro, but the supermarket stop was prior to dinner plans.
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Old 07-22-13, 07:50 PM   #3990
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Colonel, you post the most delicious-looking food!

I rode my usual commute today, 27 mile round trip. Today was the first voyage of this since I finished the build. It performed flawlessly. Not sure the engine was doing all that well though. It's still worn out from the weekend.

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I rode 52 miles this afternoon on the Gitane. I waited until the rain stopped around noon and tried to make it a dry ride, but it started to drizzle and lightly rain on the way back. 1266' elevation gain; averaged 15.14 mph total counting stops.

I was zipping down hill when I saw this cool old rusted machine at an antique store and went back to get a closer look.



closer up with better lighting (note Rosebud to the right)





An old Chandler and Price printing press! Usually around here you see old rusty farm implements in front yards for decoration.

As I was taking these pictures two guys from the store came out and one called over to me, "I don't think you'll be able to take that home on your bike!" The other guy just grinned at me.

Shippee Schoolhouse Rd



This road straddles the RI/CT border. So I technically crossed into CT today, but only about 10 feet in for about a mile.

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The big boy was out on the morning commute today

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Nice pics Northbend, that boy would scare the sheet out of me.
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36 miles on Sunday morning. Overcast 75 degrees. Rode the Gitane in Smithfield-North Smithfield-Burrillville (RI)-Uxbridge (MA)-Chepachet (RI).








Weird powerplant out in the middle of the woods. Eerie, like a Gothic castle.

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Trail riding this morning with some good friends I hadn't seen for a while. Great fun.

Had some good helmet hair going on today..
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Nice pics, all. I've been remiss in reading, let alone reporting.

Yesterday we had out-of-town friends visiting. We took the tandem out for 20 miles before they arrived, then they rented a tandem and we went out again. Ended up with 42.2 miles for the day.

Almost had a head-on collision on the MM Bikeway coming out of Alewife. Due to some lack of attention in a tight group (I think) a girl swerved in front of us. So I swerved further to the right to run on the grass, and she panicked and pulled further over, then back to the path again. I had visions of us T-boning her and she lying unconscious. The only choice was to squeeze the brakes as hard as possible. Fortunately she did the same and we stopped with our front wheels about three inches apart. Fortunately our friends behind us on the other tandem didn't hit us either.

Then I yelled at her "What the hell are you doing?" She was profusely apologetic, knew she'd screwed up badly. I wonder if at that time she knew just how close she came to an ambulance ride. Maybe she thought of it later.

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Old 07-29-13, 03:30 PM   #3998
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Only a short ride today, 20-25 km's, but long enough for a puncture anyway. Hence only the toestrap under the saddle. (the tyre ended up in a bin btw)
Also, I have changed the gregsters appearance from White tape and yellow huds, to the opposite.



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I did some more urban single track this weekend. Crossed a 100 year old railroad bridge- kind of rotten. Figured if it held up a locomotive then, it will still hold up a bike. Some pics:

Kind of a foggy day:

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Took a ride out to Wall Springs park in Palm Harbor on my 1982 Trek 613 to put a few miles on my new Paselas. Place used to be a mineral spring or something back in the early 1900's but now it is a nice park with a 3 story observation deck.



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