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Old 10-26-13, 12:59 PM   #4351
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I just recently scored some Salomon Gore-Tex running shoes, in a thrift store. In close to new condition, & cost me $5. So long as I don't get busted for riding in running shoes, I'm set.
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Old 10-26-13, 05:45 PM   #4352
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We planned on riding to the Red Barn CX in Taylors Falls and back today.

I made it there at least.

Just under 50 miles in a goshawful northwesterly wind.

Chilled to the bone.

Had a great time.







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Old 10-26-13, 05:49 PM   #4353
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Red Barn CX cont.

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Old 10-26-13, 06:50 PM   #4354
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Nice bike. Bitter wind today. You're considered ambitious at 50 miles, and would have been crazy at 100. You missed out though, going back south was the fun part
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Old 10-26-13, 07:08 PM   #4355
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20 miles this am, a little slow, cool, and windy. Love this trailside mural near downtown St Pete.
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Old 10-26-13, 07:42 PM   #4356
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As a kayaker, this looks really nice. No wind. Great scenery.
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Old 10-26-13, 10:24 PM   #4357
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Nice bike. Bitter wind today. You're considered ambitious at 50 miles, and would have been crazy at 100. You missed out though, going back south was the fun part
Maybe I should have started the ride at the race!

Man I was cold today.

Never really warmed up.

Even after a waffle at the course.
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Old 10-27-13, 07:02 AM   #4358
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The Sunrise Road at Mt. Rainier is Closed to cars for the season making this like an 'off leash dog park' for cyclists. Roger M and I rode it yesterday in beautiful warm sunny weather.

We met up with another rider who had ridden up from his home in Greenwater. An interesting guy, He was planning for a bike tour in Africa.

Our turn around point is the Sunrise Visitor Center - closed for the season.

We each enjoyed a can o' beer we each had carried up with us..

The light was just getting great for photos when we had to make our descent.


10 miles down into shadows in the valley.

Rainier looking over us.

It was over too soon. Lots of fun
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Old 10-27-13, 03:35 PM   #4359
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A view back down the trail toward Pig's Eye lake. Maybe 25 miles of mixed MTB and road riding on the Kona, amidst the day's other obligations. Nice day today.
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Nice pictures guys!

I went out for a 48 mile ride today on the Dawes. 55 degrees, sunny with a 15 mph wind. Harmony, Glocester, Scituate RI








I shellacked the bars this week with 4 coats of clear bullseye over the course of 4 days. It came out a little thick. I think this maybe a result of the temp. It was in the 40s when I applied the last coat. The deep chocolate brown is nice. I used Velox Tessostar. I was concerned it would be short, but on old narrow handlebars I don't think it's a problem. I taped mine short to show off the engravings on the handlebar anyway.
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Old 10-27-13, 05:52 PM   #4362
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I rode from my house to the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant. I was going to take some close up pictures of the the 2 towers, but Homeland Security had signs recommending not to.

This rode leads up to the plant. Total ride was 28 miles. I love fall rides, but I always hate the feeling that it may be my last comfortable ride before winter.

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Old 10-27-13, 06:52 PM   #4363
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Northbend, if for some reason you ever happen to be in the Bellingham area AND have your Singer with you, I definitely want to see it in person!

Work has really drained me lately, so noreal ride today. However, I did putter around town a little and it was a beautiful day for some vintage riding.
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Old 10-27-13, 07:11 PM   #4364
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76 km, again in the rain. But this time temps were in the 80s, so it was quite comfortable. I rode my other Prelude today, the Midnight Mauve one. I rode a loop that I've never tried before and, except for the glitch below, I enjoyed it.

This is a road I've vowed never to ride. 4 lanes each way, and fast and dangerous. But I got myself into a pickle that I could only get out of by riding about 5 miles on it. I'm here to tell the tale.

Once again there are pictures that I can't delete. Guess we'll just have to enjoy them anyway.
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Old 10-28-13, 11:55 AM   #4365
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Here's a few more pictures from Northbend's Mt Rainier post above^^^. It was my first ride up Sunrise, and spectacular about sums it up! Thanks for letting me tag along, Matt.

Excuse the glare on these photos.










The other rider we met up with was riding this Ti Salsa with a mix of parts, and well built.


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Old 10-28-13, 12:48 PM   #4366
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Indian Summer here in Phoenix. 91F this weekend, a tad warm for cycling but at least it's not 110F.
I hit the Arizona Canal trail as planned. Added a friction shifter to the drop bar Hardrock and set off on Sunday to explore this isolated trail. I traversed the dry river bed at the Granite Reef Dam to reach the start of the Canal. I'm glad to have 1.95" tires as I was having doubts a 700x35 could cope with the rough conditions. The first leg is about 7 miles through open desert before crossing a highway into Indian Reservations. Another 7-8 miles and I emerge in Scottdale, AZ, my turn-around point.
While through the desert, I was surprised to come across a grave, someone or something was buried along the trail. I should have stopped to take a photo of it for JJ!
I was riding along the south side trail, and switched over to the north side to see if it was smoother. A couple miles into the Indian reservation, I am confronted with a chain link fence and it's locked! No trespassing. Well I can see another mile to Scottsdale, and I wasn't turning back. I took the risk of getting around the fence at the canal bank edge. I grabbed my bike, and with one hand on the fence, I swung around it and safely landed on the other side. I finished the trail by crossing highway 101 marking the end of Indian territory.

45 tough miles in total. I was sore and exhausted and glad to make it home. At least 20 miles of bouncing over river rocks, washboards, and sharp stones. Our own Paris-Roubaix.

At the bottom of the river bed of the Salt River.

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Water fed from the dam for the Salt River.

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What's left of the Salt River. More like a stream!

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I reach the start of the Arizona Canal. View looking west.

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A view looking back, with Red Mountain receding. The grave was somewhere along here on the other side.

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Nothing for miles.

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Then I came across this spillway. The sound of the water was a welcome break to the silence.

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1/2 way point, time for a self portrait.


Riding into Indian territory, with farms on both sides.

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Here I cross an overpass to try the north side trail. The south side was a combo of gravel, broken tarmac and chip seal. It was beating me to a pulp. Scottsdale in the distance.

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Exiting at Scottsdale, yup back to the stereotypical Valley scene.

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Being welcomed....now go spend money!

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Can't have more truer signs of civilization than rows of palms trees....and a Hooters! Out of the desert...now where's the saloon?

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I ducked into a more family oriented place to get out of the sun and hydrate. An appropriate greeting....and ride to live.

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This is what the trail becomes in Scottsdale...paved, MUPs, backyard golf courses. Money talks.

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Heading home, I was racing the Sun, with only 2 hours of daylight. A view of Camelback Mtn in Phoenix.

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Looking north at MacDowell Mtn past the Indian Reservation.

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Sun is getting low, about 2/3 of the way back.

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Back to where I started before it got dark and dangerous. My chain derailed after I took this photo. GRRRR!

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I succeeded to reach the exit of the canal trail before dark. I was treated to this sunset behind me.

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Just another Santa Cruz race day with the cast of characters who populate my weekends from September through January.

















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Beautiful pictures,... and like that Halloween ride.

From earlier today.

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Beautiful pics WNG!

Fun cyclocross pics obrentharris! I went to the cyclocross cup race in Providence recently and it was all business.

I set out to ride a metric century today on the Dawes, but only had enough time to squeeze in 57 miles. I rode 37 in CT and 20 in RI. Sterling CT-Plainfield-Canterbury-Lisbon-Jewett City-Griswold-Voluntown CT- Rockville RI-Hopkinton-Exeter-West Greenwich-Coventry RI.

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Tried some new roads, this one turned into a rough dirt road after about .5 miles.





It was tough going with the 23mm tires. I would like to go a little bigger, and I have the clearance on the Dawes, but it is $$$ for tubulars 25-27.

This dirt road started next to some farms, went through a state forest, crossed the CT state line into RI and spit me out next to a BSA camp I went to when I was a kid.


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Old 10-28-13, 10:13 PM   #4372
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JJS, is there no end to the new places in RI you take pics of? Nice report!

All I did was ride my commute again. Cool but tolerable this morning, nicer this afternoon. It's getting toward dusk when I get back to the train station now.

I saw a bike this morning on the train, I think the name on the DT was Douglas, and a sticker on the TT seemed to imply titanium. It didn't look like a high-end bike. Ratty bar tape, index shifting and brifters. The rear wheel had 28 spokes, the front 32. Most noticeable was the tire to ST clearance - just about none. The tires looked like 25mm Gatorskins, and the rear tire couldn't have been any more than 1mm from the ST.

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I love those CX photos Brent. That must have been fun to watch! What a spectacle in lunacy
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Got out early Sunday to beat the church traffic. Baptists running late for church give no quarter.

Stopped by Christ Church (1735) on the way out to try the new pavement on Taylors Creek Road. It was smooooth.

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