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    And now for something completely different.

    I went to the SF Veloswap last Saturday to sell off some stuff, and spent all I made and more on a new toy. Today, I took it for a spin in and around the foothills near home. I'd done some hiking around here, and always thought it would be fun to bang around on a mtb to really cover some territory and see the land. Buying a mtb was the farthest thing from my mind last Saturday, but an opportunity presented itself and I was in a position to take advantage - so I did.

    I took it out today in its' inagural spin.... 10.5 miles and abut 2,000' of climbing. The weather was perfect, the scenery was grand, and I had one hell of a good time. This rig is more bike than I will ever need or will ever be able to utilize or appreciate, but I really had a time on it.

    Happy Birthday to me!



















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    Pretty rare to get that close to a coyote. Nice shot. Los Trampas?

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    Nice shots. What make/model is the bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
    Pretty rare to get that close to a coyote. Nice shot. Los Trampas?
    Not Las Trampas - Diablo Foothills Regional Park. I live about 5-6 miles from Trampas, and have hiked all of it. I plan to give the mtb a try there, but it is pretty rough country and I'll probably get my butt kicked.

    That was the second coyote of the day, and neither one seemed too concerned about my presence. The first one got antsy when I stopped to take his picture and scooted off, but both were pretty nonchalant about being close to folks. I didn't actually see it, but I was warned twice about a juvenile mountain lion prowling about. While I'm sure the area has a good population of them, they are seldom seen. I elected to take a different trail than the one he was reported being seen on, just in case - the last thing I need is a big kitty jumping on my back while I'm huffing and puffing up some hill. Might scratch up the new toy.

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    Nice shots. What make/model is the bike?
    Thank you. the bike is a 2009 Marin Mt. Vision 5.8

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    I love MTB'ing. It's so much fun. I mean, I love road riding, but it's a completely different experience when you're still out on a bike, and there are no roads to be seen, or even thought of. Nice pics as usual BBM. I still think there needs to be a "Where did BBM ride today?" thread, simply to condense and highlight the awesome photography and the places you travel.
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    Nice pics, BBM
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    Perfect day for a ride today, saw lots of folks out.


    Tohickon Creek. JUMBO waterbottle courtesy of
    Susanne at Waterbottle Technical Service World Headquarters.


    Mill on Dark Hollow Road.


    Daisy longs to ride.


    Downward Spiral Dept.
    You can see the road down there between the trees on the right.


    Bridge over Deep Run.


    Beauty shot on Quarry Road.


    Beef. It's what's for dinner...


    The Irish Meetinghouse.

    Then I rode to Keelersville, then back home again. The end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HamboneSlim View Post
    Perfect day for a ride today, saw lots of folks out.


    Tohickon Creek. JUMBO waterbottle courtesy of
    Susanne at Waterbottle Technical Service World Headquarters.


    Mill on Dark Hollow Road.


    Daisy longs to ride.


    Downward Spiral Dept.
    You can see the road down there between the trees on the right.


    Bridge over Deep Run.

    Beauty shot on Quarry Road.


    Beef. It's what's for dinner...


    The Irish Meetinghouse.

    Then I rode to Keelersville, then back home again. The end.
    Hambone, we need to get together for a ride sometime soon. I live near Tohickon and Dark Hollow road. Both are favorite places to ride.

    No ride for me today. Instead, I did a 5 mile run. That's a first for me.

    Shin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machin Shin View Post
    Hambone, we need to get together for a ride sometime soon.
    Sounds like a plan. Have to warn you though, i stop to take a lot of pictures. >8^)

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    A ride across southern Oahu.

    Looking out at Pearl Harbor


    Looking out at Ford Island...Where the USS Arizona is Anchored.


    Aloha Stadium...The NFL Pro Bowl is played here


    Parked at Center Loch of Pearl Harbor


    The moth balled ships in Center Loch

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    Quote Originally Posted by onfloat View Post
    Parked at Center Loch of Pearl Harbor

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    Nice!

    Looks like Mother Nature is taking back some of the road there.

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    I rode the couch
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    onfloat-- Great pictures i spent two months in Ewa Beach pretty near where you were riding a couple summers ago. Great place and great people and from the pictures looks like great riding as well! I wish i could have had my bike down there with me.

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    Continuing with the warmer climes theme, I'm in Sarasota Florida visiting family on an "extended" Thanksgiving and have been enjoying some coastal rides. I did a 40-miler today, an out-an-back to Anna Marie.


    I keep my "beater" Masi down here


    Returning south toward Sarasota


    Back in Sarasota on Lido Key, the obligatory sunset photo

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    Quote Originally Posted by HamboneSlim View Post
    Sounds like a plan. Have to warn you though, i stop to take a lot of pictures. >8^)
    That's alright, I can snap some pictures too.
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    Saturday was my birthday, so my girls took me to the Monterey Peninsula for the weekend. When we arrived on Friday there was a pretty good squall blowing though and although I was planning on doing my birthday ride the following day, the outlook was appearing pretty bleak.

    By morning the storm had passed through, but it was still unsettled and windy. We set out with a quartering wind, scooted along the 17 Mile Drive and through Pebble Beach, and then climbed up and over to head inland. We spent a significant portion of the day climbing up and around what used to be Fort Ord, and although it is closed to car traffic bikes are welcome. As a result, we did not have to deal with cars for many, many miles. While we were fortunate in that respect, we were not so fortunate in another- We spent a great deal of time climbing, and many of the climbs were low to middle double digits. Not terribly long climbs, but pretty steep and seemingly without end.

    Eventually we crossed over the range, skirted around northern the edge, and spent the balance of the ride on relatively flat ground headed back to Monterey. I got my miles, and had a nice time.

    Restless sea:




    Pebble Beach:


    Looking back over Seaside to the Monterey Peninsula (where we started):


    Looking back down the road in Fort Ord:


    Empty roads - no cars allowed:


    The last significant climb. doesn't look like much, but it was a back-breaker:


    Cannery Row, Monterey:


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    Tale of the tape:
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigcraigcraig View Post
    onfloat-- Great pictures i spent two months in Ewa Beach pretty near where you were riding a couple summers ago. Great place and great people and from the pictures looks like great riding as well! I wish i could have had my bike down there with me.
    Yep, I live in Ewa Beach and we just took the bike path along Pearl to the stadium. It was a nice easy ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onfloat View Post
    Yep, I live in Ewa Beach and we just took the bike path along Pearl to the stadium. It was a nice easy ride.
    great! Do you know of Ewa Beach Baptist Church? That's where i spent my two months working with the locals and hanging out.

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    I rode my usual commute today, but in a lovely driving rain, wind, snow, and sleet. In celebration, I mounted studded tires on my HardRock MTB and took that bike. By the time I came home, it was only rain and had warmed up considerably, so I was way too hot. Just another New England December bike commute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
    I rode my usual commute today, but in a lovely driving rain, wind, snow, and sleet. In celebration, I mounted studded tires on my HardRock MTB and took that bike. By the time I came home, it was only rain and had warmed up considerably, so I was way too hot. Just another New England December bike commute.

    Neal
    Yeah, I had a similar commuting experience in the past two days. Yesterday I fought my way along with 38+ mph wind gusts. On the bright side, my commute is only 2 miles round trip.
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    Put some studded Nokians on the Trek 800 and decided to have some fun tonight. Rode some icy and snowy singletrack, then headed down to the Hackettstown critical mass ride. Two of us showed up, which isn't bad considering 13 is the event record. We rode some of a newly opened section of the Morris Canal towpath. Warmed the toes at a sandwich shop and the tummy with a bowl of chili, then headed back up old Mine Hill Road to the ranch. The climb back was much warmer than the descent. Temps were in the high teens, but with windchills (up to 20mph gusts) it dipped to 8°F at points. I was actually overdressed and sweating - only my toes got cold. Had a great time, and enjoyed the stares from the passersby in their cars. About 20 miles in total.

    Yeah, the contents of the water bottle were frozen nearly solid.



    Oh yeah, got to try out the new Hong Kong special knock-off torch, too. Plenty bright!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JunkYardBike View Post
    Put some studded Nokians on the Trek 800 and decided to have some fun tonight. Rode some icy and snowy singletrack, then headed down to the Hackettstown critical mass ride. Two of us showed up, which isn't bad considering 13 is the event record. We rode some of a newly opened section of the Morris Canal towpath. Warmed the toes at a sandwich shop and the tummy with a bowl of chili, then headed back up old Mine Hill Road to the ranch. The climb back was much warmer than the descent. Temps were in the high teens, but with windchills (up to 20mph gusts) it dipped to 8°F at points. I was actually overdressed and sweating - only my toes got cold. Had a great time, and enjoyed the stares from the passersby in their cars. About 20 miles in total.

    Yeah, the contents of the water bottle were frozen nearly solid.



    Oh yeah, got to try out the new Hong Kong special knock-off torch, too. Plenty bright!

    Man, you are good! I thought about going for a ride this morning, sunny skies and all, but after I was almost knocked out with 45 mph wind gusts at the first mile and almost lost my tail on some black ice, I decided to turn back up the hill and hang Christmas lights instead...

    Good to know that these LCD torches work well, I was thinking of getting one
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    Quote Originally Posted by EjustE View Post
    Man, you are good! I thought about going for a ride this morning, sunny skies and all, but after I was almost knocked out with 45 mph wind gusts at the first mile and almost lost my tail on some black ice, I decided to turn back up the hill and hang Christmas lights instead...

    Good to know that these LCD torches work well, I was thinking of getting one
    Studded tires are great! I hit some huge ice ruts on the singletrack and they didn't slip once. Of course, that didn't keep the ice from collapsing under me! These tires are dogs on the pavement, however. I got twice the workout.

    As for the torch, it's a DealExtreme cheapie. Stayed bright for about 3 hours. I'm sure it dimmed, but I didn't really notice. It's got Lithion Ion rechargeables, so it won't lose its charge as fast in the cold as other rechargeables. It's bright enough to fool most cars into thinking I'm a motorcycle or some sort of UFO (very few cyclists around here, especially at night in the winter).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JunkYardBike View Post
    Studded tires are great! I hit some huge ice ruts on the singletrack and they didn't slip once. Of course, that didn't keep the ice from collapsing under me! These tires are dogs on the pavement, however. I got twice the workout.
    I totally agree. The surety of handling with studded tires on ice is awesome (though in deep snow they don't do much as they'll get bogged down in the snow itself--nothing to grab on to). And just think how great it feels in the spring when you take those tires off and go to something with a flexible sidewall. You'll be flying!

    Neal

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    Well, its Sunday and wintery out but I'm going to got get some mileage on my newly acquired 77 Schwinn Varsity. I bought it yesterday from a nice guy who had a pretty cool shop set up way outside of town. The plan for today? Coffee at the LCS (local coffee shop), go down to the park and ride around the Parthenon, study for finals. Hooray.
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