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Old 06-24-14, 09:04 PM   #5651
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...On the return home I was climbing a longish hill when I noticed a local police car facing me, sitting diagonal across both lanes with its blue lights flashing. Obviously that policeman wanted no one to continue in either direction. Then I saw why. A turkey hen and two tiny chicks were crossing the road. The chicks were no more than 3-inch tall balls of fluff. Mom could have moved faster, but the chicks couldn't. I stopped maybe 30 yards away and watched and waited. When they reached the shoulder the policeman burped his siren a few times and nosed his car over to chase them safely into the woods. Then he rolled down his window, and as he started up past me he waved and said thank you. It was a very pleasant experience.
Certainly a memorable one, I would think.

You with your canoes and animal-activist cops. Living the dream, Jim.
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You with your canoes and animal-activist cops. Living the dream, Jim.
Don't I know it!

However all is not well in Paradise. This was a week for being resourceful.

After three flats in two days on the Masi I decided that if I was going to have one set of sew-up wheels for performance and one set with clinchers for less concern over flats then I should replace the flat-prone rear clincher with something more robust. I happened to have a 23mm Gatorskin sitting unused so I threw that on the rim last night. Today's ride to work was blissfully uneventful.

However St. Tullio really, really, really doesn't like the idea of me running clinchers on that bike at all now that I have sew-ups available. Since he couldn't give me a flat so easily today he tried something else. About three miles from home as I was grinding up a hill the drive train suddenly wonky. A spoke was apparently entangled in something, either the RD or FW or chain.



I wrapped the spoke around some other so it wouldn't hit anything, loosened the QR on the brake, and pedaled home carefully. I guess I'll be doing more wheel work this week. At least I have good sew-up wheels if I want to go out for a speed ride on the Masi.
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Been kind having a rough go the past week or two huh? Bound to change, nice long stretch of flat free and trouble free riding is on the horizon!
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Be happy those flats are coming on the clinchers, not the sew ups!
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I rode a different toy yesterday.
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Finally was able to average over 20mph for my 21 mile after work route, even with some traffic and the 1200 feet of climb. Not riding for a few days (due to work reasons) had me primed to hammer today. I'd take a few flats over not being able to ride. Though both are less than ideal...
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Don't I know it!

However all is not well in Paradise. This was a week for being resourceful.

After three flats in two days on the Masi I decided that if I was going to have one set of sew-up wheels for performance and one set with clinchers for less concern over flats then I should replace the flat-prone rear clincher with something more robust. I happened to have a 23mm Gatorskin sitting unused so I threw that on the rim last night. Today's ride to work was blissfully uneventful.

However St. Tullio really, really, really doesn't like the idea of me running clinchers on that bike at all now that I have sew-ups available. Since he couldn't give me a flat so easily today he tried something else. About three miles from home as I was grinding up a hill the drive train suddenly wonky. A spoke was apparently entangled in something, either the RD or FW or chain.

I wrapped the spoke around some other so it wouldn't hit anything, loosened the QR on the brake, and pedaled home carefully. I guess I'll be doing more wheel work this week. At least I have good sew-up wheels if I want to go out for a speed ride on the Masi.
Jim, I think the Masi is sending you a message. These events seem to coincide with my visit. Send the bicycle to me and see if I have better success wringing some flat-free miles out of those clinchers. You can even tell your sweetie I said so!
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Took the afternoon off and did a city ride. Lots of rain recently in the area and it all seems to be going through St Paul.

My chosen route was a bit submerged, and it was a little unusual to ride the levy with the water side higher than the rail yard. The barges in one area were tied up almost against the bike trail. In the end 45 miles with a whole lot of stopping, starting, and a sloppy bike to clean tomorrow. Was a bit windy anyway, so it was a good day to take in the unusually wet sights.




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Crazy rains out there Chrome...stay safe.

Nice and calm out here in Dirty Jersey

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Nice and calm out here in Dirty Jersey

Great color in this picture Vonruden.
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Finally was able to average over 20mph for my 21 mile after work route, even with some traffic and the 1200 feet of climb.
Uhhh... pretty impressive!
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I slept in until 5 AM this morning and then went for a 32 mile ride. I didn't get any pictures, but here's the GPS track of the ride: Bike Brunswick Friday AM Ride on 06/27/2014 | CYCLING Training Log Entry | MapMyRide
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Rode around the town. Stopped in a park. There's a red barn there- doesn't get used. Giant oak tree grove.

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Hosted a little show and shine last night and although the weather was not cooperative earlier in the day, those who made it got to enjoy a really nice summer evening.

Some folks came for the meet up with no intent to do much riding but a few of us went out afterwards for what was some pretty spirited riding down in the river valley...

This 1948 Humber was in beautiful condition...



It's partner was a late 1930's Schwinn made for the secondary market... was so much fun to ride this.



The David brought his Proctor Townsend road bike... he does such nice work and the Dura Ace upgrades were very shiny.



You won't find too many Raleigh 20's in this nice a condition...



I brought the Italian girl... my '73 Garlatti is some very shiny gaspipe.

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Some folks came for the meet up with no intent to do much riding but a few of us went out afterwards for what was some pretty spirited riding down in the river valley...

This 1948 Humber was in beautiful condition...


I brought the Italian girl... my '73 Garlatti is some very shiny gaspipe.

Lovely Garlatti, no matter what pipe it is.
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Like the lighting in that photo above.

I did 40 miles of rail trail riding today on a trail between Dresser Wi and Turtle Lake. Amery was the half way point. I believe this was an old Soo line route, and currently is only maintained to Dresser. Dresser is where they get the dark grey roadbed rock, so long trains alternate with a tourist route between Marine and Dresser. After that, the trail is firm crushed limestone to Amery. Beyond Amery it's an ORV trail, and is very loose and rocky (see pic). On that section my speed was 12mph or so, and the front end would cut in every so often scrubbing away what little speed I had. It was like freshly laid uncompacted gravel on a country road, but more scenic. The ORV riders were very nice when passing (the few that I ran into). That was nice as I haven't always had the same experience when passed by quads. I was happy to return to the compacted limestone between Amery and Dresser on the way back to the car.

Anyhow, the pics are of lakes and streams along the way, one of the loose section of ORV trail, and the stop at Amery. A windy day, but these rail trails always seem to block a fair share of the wind when riding.


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38 miles on the Gitane this afternoon.



I put on some Newbaum cloth bar tape and 4 coats of shellac.

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Well, you guys are just rolling along and taking nice pics too! VR, I do like that lighting. As usual CM and JJS have great ride reports and pics.

We managed 49.55 miles on the tandem today. Wanted to trip 50 but the ODO wouldn't go there. Carlisle was having some sort of Old Home Town Day celebration, with a book sale at the library.


A rest at about mile 40 was welcome.


At Heart Pond in Chelmsford we met a group of folks who'd come down from Lowell to go swimming., calling themselves the Bikini Riders or something. Interesting mix of people and bikes old and new.
Raleigh Sport, believed to be 1952, ridden by a 20-something, who done a century on it.


Some other curious bikes (with our tandem in the background):





One guy had a 1938 Pope with a skip chain. Unfortunately he left before I could get a pic.
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Went for a quick 20 miler with a guy from work today, all on a rail trail. There is a short, steep descent and climb on the route. I thought I'd be in trouble with my 42 x 26 low gear on the climb, but jumped out of the saddle and made quick work of it, meanwhile his full carbon Roubioux with its triple and 10 speed cassette were well behind me. Nice ride, overcast and a little breezy\, really humid though.
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A beautiful day in Montreal, Quebec!


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The sun finally shone. Portland, OR Metro.
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Very nice Saturday ride photos, everyone! With you in spirit. I'm considering driving north next week to escape the heat and get in some riding!
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I'm spending some time in Western Maine this week, really nice area. Brought the Holdsworth with me. Went out this morning for about 25 miles. A bit hillier than I'm used to, so I suppose it's good for me!



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otg, nice pics. Maine is hillier than Connecticut? They're both pretty hill in my experience!

Today was another chapter in the Every Day's an Adventure story. We took the tandem out again, of course. I wanted to do a "recovery" ride, not as far or aggressive as yesterday. We ended up with 38.68 miles, with an avg speed 13.8mph, one of the highest we've ever recorded. Not sure why, but it may have been partly because I've been keeping us on the big chainring as Sharon prefers and partly because we were hammering up and down Lowell Rd between Concord and Carlisle for major stretches instead of running the more hilly back roads. Just to do something different, you know. Plus we avoided the Bruce Freeman.

We met a bunch of interesting folks. Had a nice conversation over lunch at Fern's with folks who have run and intend to run again this year the PMC. Then met some folks with a daVinci tandem having lunch in front of the Carlisle library, so we had to talk to them. The cyclist community really is quite special.

But the day had its own adventures. We got an early (for us) start. The fun started with Sharon wondering about a slight tweak to her saddle. As I was tightening it up at Depot Park one of the bolts snapped. Dang.

Now where will I find a metric carriage bolt at 9AM on Sunday? Called Ride Studio but they probably didn't have anything like that. It's old and it's French. Ah, Home Depot! And they'll be open. Quick 5min run down 128. I didn't find a carriage bolt but I did find a hex-head of the right size which fit nicely. And a 10mm wrench (you can never have enough 10mm wrenches ). 45 minutes later we're finally on the road.

The next adventure was of the insect variety. A mile after that nice lunch at Fern's we were doing a roundabout way northward when something stung my inner thigh through my clothes. Ouch. Fortunately I have no reaction to bee or wasp stings other than pain. So we continued our loop up to Heart Pond. Had a nice conversation with a couple who asked about riding a tandem, how it was different from riding a solo bike. (Now that's a whole conversation all by itself.) Eventually we departed for Bedford, had a pleasant ride back.

At least now I can have some post ride treats, home-made non-dairy (coconut-based) ice cream, and while that's churning some Dogfish Head 90min IPA. I'm set for the evening! The ice cream maker is of the, ah, reverse ethnic variety where the paddle stands still and the container spins. (I have a calculator with logic like that too. )
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