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Old 11-11-10, 11:46 PM   #1026
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I live in the city called the birthplace of Henry Ford: Dearborn, Michigan. It is the location of the Ford Motor Company headquarters, and also Fair Lane, the Henry Ford Estate. It is the city where Ford built the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, now known collectively as The Henry Ford, "America's Greatest History Attraction". These are all very touristy sites, easily visited on a bicycle. But most members post photos of beautiful scenery from their bike rides in the countryside, and I rarely ride outside the city limits. Instead of those local attractions, today I'll post photos of the more industrial side of Dearborn: the Ford River Rouge Complex, or as it is more commonly known, the Rouge. The manufacturing complex that changed the world.

The bike I chose for this trip is a rescue from the curbside trash last year, a Sears Free Spirit 12-speed. I did nothing more to it than patch a tube and lubricate the chain that had been frozen solid with rust. It still has a kink in it, but it was rideable. I felt that the bike's condition matched the location, and any shiny European or Asian make would be out of place.






Memorial to five employees who lost their lives in an explosion in the power house:




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Old 11-14-10, 11:27 AM   #1027
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It's definitely feeling like November. 35 miles this morning and I swear all but a mile of it I had a stiff headwind. Took this pic yesterday in Highland Park, IL.
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Old 11-14-10, 01:36 PM   #1028
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Went up Camelback a couple times:



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Old 11-14-10, 02:22 PM   #1029
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Just 43 or so miles to test out the new build.

Look, mommy..... there's an airplane up in the sky:



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I got my Super Course back on the road yesterday. I delivered some wheels to Fedex, using my trailer. I used a bike box, which was overkill, i.e. conspicuously large. Then I went grocery shopping. Today, I rode 2 miles round trip, to my wife's recital. She's a piano and voice teacher. It was lovely. We're having unusually pleasant weather here for this time of year. November can be nasty. It's warm and sunny lately.
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Old 11-14-10, 04:15 PM   #1031
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Very short 10km ride today. Its just to icy on the roads and to deep on the trails.
I hate moving indoors but I guess riding into November is as good as its going to get.
May will be here soon enough!
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Old 11-15-10, 03:33 AM   #1032
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Nice pics as usual.
Sorry no pics to share, but my Sunday ride was pretty routine. The weather was lovely today, so I took the opportunity to do some grocery shopping via bike for the first time here. I dragged the two boys along for a 10 miler to the neighborhood Fresh-n-Easy. They were on their MTBs and I took my Diamond Back "Bruiser". The only out of the ordinary incident was the stares we got by the other shoppers. Hams were on sale, and I decided to pick up two 10 pounders for Thanksgiving. Mrs. WNG wants to make a Quebec-style baked ham, which I deeply miss having. We grabbed 5 sourdough baquettes, 2 ciabattas, 4 focaccias, a box of croissants, and half a dozen bagels in addition to the hams! Each boy took a ham and I took most of the breads. Somehow we managed it all as I forgot to bring my panniers.
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Old 11-15-10, 06:04 AM   #1033
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Went out on a nice 15 mile ride yesterday on my Giant Boulder Mtn bike.
I use a GPS puck bluetoothed to my Blackberry to lay down tracks. Tracks are then uploaded to "mapmyride.com"
Here is the link: http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...28977013188240

I try to get out every weekend, this past weekend I covered just about 28 miles total.
Considering I just got back on a bike about two months ago, overweight (30 lbs) and am a x-smoker (10 months clean after smoking for 30 years) I think I'm doing okay.

I added toe clip pedals. Which I really like.
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Old 11-15-10, 06:06 AM   #1034
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Old 11-17-10, 07:28 PM   #1035
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Ha, that's a clamper alright. Just got some pictures from a Sunday ride out to Winters,CA and back. 20+ mph winds in our face all the way out and hitting a flat high of 28mph on the way back.
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Old 11-17-10, 09:22 PM   #1036
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Took the time to take pics of some of the handpainted signage I ride by several times a week... my freshly rebuilt Duell just happened to be sitting in front of them.









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Old 11-17-10, 11:31 PM   #1037
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Solo ride to Grandview Point in Canyonlands National Park. Cold up there. Pale sun behind high clouds and light winds. Felt good.

94 miles, 3000' of climbing, average 17mph.

Rode this one, which sports some pretty nice Chorus/Record 10 speed stuff so I try to use it only on 'special' rides:



Lacking a camera I'll post a couple of pics of a recent exploration in the neighborhood of the turn-around of today's ride:






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Old 11-17-10, 11:35 PM   #1038
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Solo ride to Grandview Point in Canyonlands National Park. Cold up there. Pale sun behind high clouds and light winds. Felt good.

94 miles, 3000' of climbing, average 17mph.

Rode this one, which sports some pretty nice Chorus/Record 10 speed stuff so I try to use it only on 'special' rides:



Lacking a camera I'll post a couple of pics of a recent exploration in the neighborhood of the turn-around of today's ride:



Amazing shots.

Looks toasty warm compared to here!

What a gorgeous bike.
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Old 11-17-10, 11:37 PM   #1039
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Beautiful bike ^^ .. and great scenery.
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Old 11-18-10, 08:23 PM   #1040
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Did a mere 15 miles on York County's Heritage Rail Trail today. It was the first time I took my "new" bike off paved roads. It was a very leisurely ride, scenic and comfortable.


Some interesting rock and root formations, with a natural spring to top it all off


An underwhelming picture of a beautiful tunnel constructed in 1866


Over water


In water


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Old 11-18-10, 09:12 PM   #1041
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Heavy rains in NJ on Monday night gave way to sun and a warm morning. Spent an hour along the Rahway River Parkway. Something special about drifting around on leaf covered roads.
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Solo ride to Grandview Point in Canyonlands National Park. Cold up there. Pale sun behind high clouds and light winds. Felt good.

94 miles, 3000' of climbing, average 17mph.

Rode this one, which sports some pretty nice Chorus/Record 10 speed stuff so I try to use it only on 'special' rides:



Lacking a camera I'll post a couple of pics of a recent exploration in the neighborhood of the turn-around of today's ride:





Beautiful bike and pics Jan!!!

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Old 11-18-10, 10:47 PM   #1043
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Jan, that is the most exciting-looking bike I've seen in a long time. You are lucky to have it and to live in an area filled with such natural splendor.
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Old 11-19-10, 12:50 AM   #1044
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OFG -- John -- I wish I'd gotten the chance to go up Camelback on my one visit. Thanks for the photo. May never get the chance again -- in-laws have had their condo for sale for some time now, and just this week have given away some of their furniture there to a friend. Incidentally, my son, the Army MP, says Scottsdale is known to be a busy center of human trafficking. Might be why the condo hasn't sold.
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Old 11-21-10, 01:07 AM   #1045
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I took a short ride today, for most of you, but a long ride for me: 15 miles, the furthest I've gone on my Panasonic. Rode along the Cedar River trail, which runs, as it says, along the scenic Cedar River and the less-scenic Maple Valley Highway. Sometimes you get to look at river, sometimes you get to look at highway. It was 32 degrees, windy and overcast. Needless to say, I was one of the only folks on the road. I snapped some pics of the Panasonic with my cell phone, but they didn't come out well. I did test my new lobster-style Gore gloves. They worked to keep my hands warm. I also wore my ski helmet, as it's lined and has ear flaps, and I figure at the speeds I travel, one helmet will work as well as another. Pretty ride, cold and fun.
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i rode my new-to-me 1964 Moulton 5 miles up the road to a welder's to ask if he could fix the bent and broken front rack and possibly fab a rear rack for it. He said he could, but I should leave the bike with him for a week or two. i agreed to that, said I'd drop it off tomorrow or Friday, and then started to ride it home. A mile or two later, crossing the LIRR tracks, the original 1964 Dunlop front tire blew out the sidewall. Walked home, 4 miles, feeling rather foolish.
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Old 11-24-10, 04:09 AM   #1047
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Just two or three miles today testing out my new Pashley Roadster. In fact what I was actually testing were the new Brooks leather grips I fitted. They are fabulous.

This Pashley is only 3 days old, but I have never smiled so much riding a bike!
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Old 11-24-10, 09:09 AM   #1048
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Chuckk, I like the birthday ride idea. Never heard of that before. I turn 50 in January. Unfortunately, it is often the case that we get our coldest weather in the week of my birthday (Jan 19).

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I did errands on my bike today. I picked up a 1964 Raleigh ladies' 3-speed. I strapped it to my trailer and rode home.

Then I brought a check over to a neighbor on the other end of town. Then I went food shopping and to the bank. Groceries went into the trailer. Checks went in the bank. Money went in my pocket. I brought home three bags of groceries and a pie. I'm making a pie, too.
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-12 degrees F this morning and a high of 10. Think I'll be on the indoor trainer.
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