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Old 06-04-14, 10:21 PM   #5526
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Nice! Curious, how do those heavy things ride?
I hear SF is getting electric versions installed there.
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Old 06-05-14, 07:16 AM   #5527
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Old 06-05-14, 08:13 AM   #5528
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Nice! Curious, how do those heavy things ride?
I hear SF is getting electric versions installed there.
Heavy and clunky, however $9 get's you three trips of 30 minutes over a 24 hour period. I was able to get a nice quick tour of San Jose, a very nice city.
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Old 06-05-14, 04:46 PM   #5529
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Old 06-06-14, 01:18 PM   #5531
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Nice spending the morning with downtube shifters...


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Old 06-06-14, 06:41 PM   #5532
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Another Perfect Day in the rust belt

One of the things I really like about retirement is getting to pick the primo days for the longer rides. Today was perfect: puffy blue skies, 68deg when I left the car and 73 when I got back. Trail usage was light (normal for a Friday) and the scenery was quite fine.

I rode one of my favorite routes on the Schyulkill River Trail from near Valley Forge, PA down thru Norristown then connected to the Cross County Trail up to Germantown Pike. Took a couple swigs of water then retraced the route back to the car. 30 miles door to door.

Numerous nice views of the Schyulkill River, often with water traffic. Pretty smooth and calm along here. I'm not sure the DL-180 likes resting though. That bike really likes to roll.

Cross County Trail section. One of many sylvan tunnels we ride trough on this route.

Another stop on the Cross County. Yes you'll see power lines, commercial buildings, rail tracks, abandoned rust buckets and shopping malls too. But much of the time its easy to forget that that this route passes through a corridor that has been commercial/industrial for 300 years.

One more stop, about 6 miles from the car. You know, having nary one decal or sticker on this Raleigh is beginning to grow on me. I mean, they are not for me, I know what it is. They must be for other people. So what! Maybe I'll just save the weight and leave em off.
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Old 06-06-14, 06:58 PM   #5533
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I got out for around 32 miles this afternoon, nice day here in New England. Stopped to get a few pictures at a local farm.



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Old 06-06-14, 07:16 PM   #5534
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otg, how come your pics look so exotic and pastoral when though I live in New England too and my ride-through territory looks just ordinary?

Prowler, your ride looks heavenly too.

I just commuted today, with a bunch of flats to show for it.
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Old 06-06-14, 07:28 PM   #5535
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otg, how come your pics look so exotic and pastoral when though I live in New England too and my ride-through territory looks just ordinary?

Prowler, your ride looks heavenly too.

I just commuted today, with a bunch of flats to show for it.
Jim, it is very rural where I live, you guys should drop in for ride some time! Nothing "ordinary" about your area, it's gorgeous. I'm riding (hopefully) Sunday with my son, he just finished building one of the fancy plastic machines and he's going to let me try it out.
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I rode my 30 mile round trip commute today on the old faithful Peugeot UO8 because it has lights and I don't mind it getting wet. I started out 20 min earlier than normal in a light mist, had a front wheel flat about a mile from the house, put in a new tube and continued on my way, took a slightly longer way in so as to avoid climbing the Concord Rd hill on the somewhat heavy UO8 with the generator load running, got to work about when I usually do.



I've about had it up to here with flat issues lately. This one was from something which cut near the middle of the tread on a 28mm Pasela TG with less than 100 miles on it. I pumped it up with a new tube and the tire seemed okay.

At least traffic was mostly quite light. Everybody did their driving for today yesterday.

An obligatory crappy cell phone pic (because I don't have one with the Peugeot at the office and to prove I actually rode it today):



On the bright side, on the return I stopped at Belmont Wheelworks and they replaced the defective Vittoria tube I had bought which had a leak at the base of the valve stem.

One surprising thing is I hit 30mph on the Concord Rd hill on the return even with the generator engaged. The old Peugeot hasn't gone that fast since somebody or other was in the White House, but I forget who.

Probably Nixon.
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Old 06-07-14, 05:56 AM   #5537
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Old 06-07-14, 10:22 AM   #5538
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Here is a shot from a 50 km ride I took to the ocean in Skåne lan, Sweden. It is a panoramic I took on an amazing beach in Bjärred.

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Old 06-07-14, 05:10 PM   #5539
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We did 63.7 miles on the tandem, our first metric of the year. It was hard work, partly due to this being the first day this summer with temps in the mid 80's. But here is the real story.

Lunch at about mile 15, carried on ice packs in the panniers. of course: homemade chicken liver pâté, homemade sauerkraut, baked turnip cubes, broccoli, baked sweet potato, homemade non-dairy (coconut) yogurt and berries.


Now you're supposed to ask "How did that work out for you?"

Not too well, actually. It was good but it didn't replenish the blood sugar I was rapidly burning off. By mile 25 I was seriously running out of gas. Hit the proverbial wall. One good thing about a tandem though is you can let your stoker take more of the load! We turned around short of my original goal but plenty far out anyway. It didn't help that today was first day with temps in the 80's. I pressed on until I knew we'd hit a metric on the return if we took the same route back.

"The road goes ever on and on" - Bilbo Baggins.


Old mills once driven by water from the mill pond in the previous pic.


Our turnaround, somewhere in the middle of nowhere.


A welcome respite for food and water on the return.
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Nice ride Jim!

I squeezed in a 36 mile ride late this afternoon on the Dawes. In the 80s and sunny. Cranston-Johnston-Scituate. Farms, forests and reservoirs.

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That reminds me , I need to mow the yard tomorrow.



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Old 06-08-14, 08:16 AM   #5541
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On Saturday, I rode down to Fall City to meet up with some friends I hadn't ridden with in a while. I led them on a mixed surface route thru the lower and upper Snoqualmie Valley. Lunch afterwards then the ride back home via Lake Alice road. In all, great weather, a fine time with friends and 75 miles or so of riding.


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that Merckx is giving the scenery a run for the money.....
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I got out for around 32 miles this afternoon, nice day here in New England. Stopped to get a few pictures at a local farm.
What part/town/county of SE CT is this? I split my time between north and south.
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Jim, JJ, & Northbend, very nice pics as usual.

I did a very hot 25 miles around the New Jersey shore.







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Hi, New London County. That farm is on Rt. 201 in Griswold. There is an excellent farm fresh ice cream stand called Buttonwood Farms right nearby.
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No travelogue run today. Just a Recovery Ride, a.k.a. Feel-Your-Pain-Again Ride. About 35 miles, I think.

Took the Motobecane out. It's a sweet bike. Had to get used to the 5-speed FW. It's nice having fewer gears to choose from.


I got on the scale this morning and it read 159.8lbs. I haven't been under 160 since high school. Maybe I got dehydrated yesterday. It took me 45 minutes on the bike to feel normal.
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Old 06-08-14, 02:33 PM   #5548
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Took part in our area MS150 over the weekend. A bus ride to a Duluth area high school then the first day down the Willard Munger trail for 75 miles, then the second day down from Hinkley along HY 61 (where you can get rid of your 1000 telephones that just don't ring...). First day was rain the entire distance and I hauled along and was maybe the 20th rider to finish. I had hopes of staying relatively warm then getting a hot shower at the hotel. Plans didn't work out though, since I beat my luggage to the finish and had to help unload the truck just to keep from shivering.

Second day was perfect weather, but ridiculously fast since I was riding with our company "team's" walk on ringer (complete with $12k carbon rig). He had done the first day all leisurely with his wife so he was jumping out of his skin on the second day. For the first 40 miles we averaged over 22mph, then I started to fade and had all I could do to suck wheel for the last 35 while he kept up almost the same pace. Youth definitely came before beauty today ;-) In an interesting side note, he broke the lower left side of his full carbon laydown 3t bars ($$$) over a relatively small expansion joint in the road. I like my noodles just fine, thank you very much...

On the whole, a lot of screwing around for 150 miles of riding. But, a very worthy cause that made it all a good experience.

Two pics. The first was the evening before where I enjoyed a bag of mini donuts near the lift bridge. The second was just after the day 1 finish (sorry for the non-driveside as I was cold, wet, and lost my C&V senses).


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C-M, nice report. It sounds like you had a handful of riding. And your ringer's handlebar asploded? All in all a good day!

I like the non-DS pics. The fact is, we never see the DS of our bikes because we're always managing them from the left. Dare to be different!
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iPhoto just needs a "driveside" edit function, then I wouldn't need to apologize.

I should also add, the route is almost dead flat the entire 150 miles. Maybe 2200 feet of climb on D1, and only 1300 today.
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