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    I was off today, but I broke my neck taking out my FIRST Raleigh that my son gave me 30 some years ago. He purchased it used. A 1979 Raleigh Competition GS. This bike never fails to excite me. She has fresh new/used wheels, new tires, new tape, tune,and she gets down!! Since I was off today, and will be off Monday too, my timesheet is due on Monday. So, I did my regular ride to work commute to fill out my timesheet. Now, I am armed with lights, safety vest, and I take the full road on shoulderless roads.. Not bad for 8 or 9 month newbie..

    It was cold too, about 34 to 36 degrees. However, I dressed for it, and the ride was sweet. Breathing in the fresh cool air and the Raleigh just taking every one of my pumps and giving me back pure joy, the feeling was priceless..

    This bike is 1 of 5, but she is my baby...

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    Cehoward, I love to read your posts. Your enthusiasm and joy in riding just shines through and makes me jealous: it's 12 degrees at my house with four frozen inches of snow. I can't get my car out of my steep driveway, much less my bike down the road. Typical vacation. Thought I'd be sick for the whole thing as usual, but no, instead it snows and then freezes solid. Sigh. Ride on, so I can read about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snarkypup View Post
    Cehoward, I love to read your posts. Your enthusiasm and joy in riding just shines through and makes me jealous: it's 12 degrees at my house with four frozen inches of snow. I can't get my car out of my steep driveway, much less my bike down the road. Typical vacation. Thought I'd be sick for the whole thing as usual, but no, instead it snows and then freezes solid. Sigh. Ride on, so I can read about it.
    12 degrees and 4 inches of snow, Daymn..

    I will dedicate tomorrow's ride to you...

    Tomorrow I will be hitting the gym early in the morning, on the motorycle. After I finish the workout and breakfast, will snatch out my Litespeed Classic and go for a poser ride.
    Sure hopes it warms up for you up there...

    In the meantime, have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to you and yours...

    P.S. One of my post snow rides...


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    Does that jacket really say: "One surly senior citizen. Back off"? If so, how old do I have to be before I can wear one? Can I do it at 40 this summer? "One surly middle aged citizen"?

    The worst part of the weather here is that I'm in Seattle, not Minnesota, so I'm in no way prepared for weather like this. I was so excited to be home during daylight so I could actually ride my bike, then this dang front blew in and I've been house-bound for four days, with no end in sight. I think I'll take the Panasonic out tomorrow and at least take some fun snowy pictures in my yard. The white snow will compliment the purple and white of the bike, right? At least I can console myself with the knowledge that all this snow will mean the ski area by our house opens earlier and we can actually make good use of those $400 season passes.

    Have a great turkey-day ride! I'll be with you in spirit.

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    I got a nice couple of hours in this AM. These temperatures are about the coldest I like to road ride in; 25F. I found my bike guiding me from Ulster to Dutchess County via the Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge, rode down to Rhinecliff, into Rhinebeck, and stopped at the Ferncliffe Forest fire tower before heading home.






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    Quote Originally Posted by snarkypup View Post
    Does that jacket really say: "One surly senior citizen. Back off"? If so, how old do I have to be before I can wear one? Can I do it at 40 this summer? "One surly middle aged citizen"?

    The worst part of the weather here is that I'm in Seattle, not Minnesota, so I'm in no way prepared for weather like this. I was so excited to be home during daylight so I could actually ride my bike, then this dang front blew in and I've been house-bound for four days, with no end in sight. I think I'll take the Panasonic out tomorrow and at least take some fun snowy pictures in my yard. The white snow will compliment the purple and white of the bike, right? At least I can console myself with the knowledge that all this snow will mean the ski area by our house opens earlier and we can actually make good use of those $400 season passes.

    Have a great turkey-day ride! I'll be with you in spirit.
    First off, the turkey day ride was cancelled. For both the motorcycle and the bicycle, it RAINED!!

    I had to settle for a pre-turkey mile run in the rain with the wifee...

    At 40, ya still wet behind the ears, no jacket with senior on it for at least 15 more years..

    On the jacket in the pic, that is an old pic, the jacket I wear now says "70 Year Old, Back Off"..

    http://www.cehoward.net/jacket9.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by YoKev View Post
    I got a nice couple of hours in this AM. These temperatures are about the coldest I like to road ride in; 25F. I found my bike guiding me from Ulster to Dutchess County via the Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge, rode down to Rhinecliff, into Rhinebeck, and stopped at the Ferncliffe Forest fire tower before heading home.





    Great!

    Since I couldn't ride, I am enjoying your beautiful pics and the story of your ride, and pretend I am riding down that road too...

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    On Tuesday morning I needed to drop my wife's car off at the dealership for a checkup before the dealer warranty ended. I took the day off and figured it'd be a great opportunity to take a bike with me and ride home from the dealership and not have to drag the wife and kids with me. I chose my 80's Bianchi Squadra with Modern Campy 10 speed Chorus because, I don't know, it was the closest bike to me and I love riding it.

    So I dropped the car off and headed next door the from dealership to the WaWa to get some coffee and a bagel.



    btw when did gas get to be $3.00 a gallon again? I guess i havent been paying attention but I swore it was like 2.65 a month ago. I thought it was supposed to get cheaper in the winter...

    In any event, I started weaving my way through business parks to avoid riding on a highway. I'd completely forgot that I was traveling through land that used to be owned by my family. My great aunt and uncle owned the last dairy farm in my county up until the late 80's when they decided to sell it and move to Lancaster County (Amish Land). They've both since passed. I had many childhood memories growing up visiting the farm. I don't know how many acres it was, but the driveway was about 3/4 of a mile long. We used to ride horses and 4 wheelers around the grounds. I can vividly remember coming out of the horse barn into the hot sun and sneezing every time, I don't know why.

    There were probably 30 cats that lived in the barn too and I'd help my uncle feed them then plead with my mom to let me take one home literally every time we visited.

    One time I decided to touch the live wire that held the cows in the field. It was as if someone literally kicked me in the butt and I jumped in the air and landed on my back. My older sister who was standing next to me couldnt contain her laughter. I was ok, but I never touched that line again.

    There was a big iron bell in a giant tree behind the farm house that my aunt would ring for the men to come in and eat dinner. It'd been there for years and the tree had grown around it in such a way that it was as if it was a permanent part of the tree.

    I remember following the tractor in the field as it tore up the ground and we pulled potatoes out of the dirt.

    Went on a lot of hay rides and drove my first tractor there.

    When I wasnt at the farm I was a suburban kid racing around cul de sac's, so being at the farm was like a vacation to me. It was old school and it was family.

    In 1988. as I mentioned my Aunt and Uncle sold the farm. They were the last holdouts in the area. The acres and acres of grass and trees got subdivided into huge houses on 1/8 acre lots. There is a restaurant and a shopping center.

    Most of the farm is gone, but the house is still there if you can find it. It's actually the club house and the community pool is next to it. The ground around it has been changed. It's surrounded so close by the pool and houses and it's really hard to find.

    For a lot of years I couldnt even stand to go see it even though I knew it was there. I wanted to remember it how I remembered it. But a few months ago I was test driving the car we eventually bought with me wife and we somehow happened upon the house. It was hidden, as I'd mentioned, taken over by a giant community of pretentious expensive houses, but it was still there. The big iron bell was still there too, now drowning in to tree so much that you couldnt even ring it. But it was still there.

    Nothing else was the same though. Such is change. It's neither bad nor good I guess, it's just change.

    I didn't bother to go to the house on this ride and I may never again, but I did manage to stop and take a pic of one of the other few reminders of my location. The road named after my aunt and uncle.



    Yup. Aunt and Uncle Pennsylvania are both gone now.

    OK, Aunt and Uncle Rice. Actually Aunt Helen and Uncle Clarence. I bet the thousands of people living on their former property have no idea who they are.

    The rest of the 15 or so mile ride home was relaxing and uneventful. I got the try out a new rail to trail path that will eventually link more of the western Philadelphia suburbs to the city. There is now a good 5 or so mile section which is paved though this section obviously wast



    And that was it for pics . Every time I go out and intend to take tens of hundreds of pics I come home and I've only taken 3. I guess I just don't want to get off the bike. Or maybe I just hate change.
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    Took a leisurely ride up in the Cave Creek area, exploring some 'new to me' roads with b21.



    Lots of Saguaro and some climbing ahead



    Winding our way up



    A short 20% climb and we are left no more pavement



    The way back



    Looking South toward PHX



    My trusty De Rosa and b21 on his custom Carl Strong


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    Nice pics on this page!!!

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    Yesterday was cold, hilly - and diabolically windy once I reached the old, wonderfully flat, and nearly deserted farm highway that, along with the Missouri River, meanders through harvested fields and bluffs. Today will be much warmer, but equally hilly and even more wind to make my outbound trip a joy and my return a leg burner. Bring it on, Mother Nature!



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    Quote Originally Posted by jan nikolajsen View Post

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

    love this one. The paint/decals are definitely Piet Mondrian inspired.




    anyways, does anyone know what model LOOK this is? it's beautiful!

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    Solo ride today, but I decided to hit the hills. It was 70 and sunny in PHX today, no wind, to speak of. I headed down to Mummy Mtn, one of my favorite climbs, smooth roads, very little traffic.

    This is the ride up heading East to west, the hard way.


    This is looking back down from the halfway point.



    From the top looking North towards Carefree



    East towards Fountain Hills, and Four Peaks and the McDowell Mtns



    From there I headed South a ways, and decided to climb up Sage, a dead end on the East side of Camelback. These are at the top, looking East.





    Yeah, it's straight down




    From there I figured I should do the South side of Camelback, go up Dromedary to the castle. I'd never done this before, it topped out at 21.6% on the GPS, after corrections. Going down was worse than climbing up.





    I did make it to the top , and caught my breath long enough to snap a picture of the castle.


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    It was a little hazy today, but the view towards South Mtn gives some perspective.



    Downtown lies to the SouthWest



    Coming down was steeper than it looks, and not so straight. I usually ride up this way.



    Finally, I hit a downhill! Papago Buttes to my East going South down 56th St.



    Back home safe and sound, another day well spent, thank you Ugo!




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    Nice pics, OFG. My parents actually just moved to Mesa. I'm visiting the area for the first time this year, hopefully around New Years.

    Won't be bringing my bike, but I'll be looking forward to riding around the area on my dad's fixed gear. Eventually I'll get a nice bike established there for when I visit, but knowing myself, it might be a little anti-social...
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    Great ride photos as usual, OFG!
    I recognize some of those Camelback roads when I first visited the city.
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    Doing my best to keep this thread near the top, with thanks to the pocket camera I bought from recommendations in this forum, a Panasonic Lumix.

    Today was an easy ride through the hills around Carefree/Cave Creek, not too fast, lots of stopping to enjoy the scenery and snap a few photos. We did lower Stagecoach, and climbed up Black Mtn. This is a signature spot in Carefree, for those of you who have never been here. This is my favorite home on Black Mtn, at least of those I can get close enough to actually see. I have a feeling that beyond some of the gates there are even nicer ones.






    Typical sucky scenery along the way.



    From there we went to the Carefree Foothills. Miles of smooth pavement, 12%+ climbs and great scenery. I was having so much fun riding that I only took one picture, looking out a valley back towards Cave Creek.



    Next week I hope to get out the dirt road bike and hit the hills out to State land that goes over the mountains you see above. the roads appear to be in the 14%+ range, so I'm not sure I can climb it on a road bike, we shall see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Fat Guy View Post
    Doing my best to keep this thread near the top, with thanks to the pocket camera I bought from recommendations in this forum, a Panasonic Lumix.
    Good for you - I gave up when they unstuck this thread while leaving some goofy ones intact.

    Nice pics - I bought a Lumix, too,, and really, really like it.

    I wish we had your weather right now. We got in 37 miles before the skies opened up and forced us to quit the ride and seek shelter. I happened to be riding the Palo Alto, and it got filthy with road grime.

    I hate cleaning bikes.
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    "I hate cleaning bikes."

    I've gotten rained on the last couple of rides. My chain sure has gotten a lot of attention.

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    Yesterday it was repeats on Mummy Mtn. No pics, but this gives you an idea:


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    Today I rode out to Bartlett Lake. It was a beautiful day, slight wind in our face the first half. Team Radio shack passed us early in the ride coming from the opposite direction, didn't see if the boss was with them or not.

    On the lake road, 14 miles to go



    Start of first descent



    Almost halfway there



    Coming into Rattlesnake Cove




    Heading back out.


    Darn good ride.


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    I bought cyclemeter on Zaphod Beeblebrox's recommendation. It's taking a while to learn to use but darn, it's nice.

    So yesterday's ride were just errands. I had two doctors and one pharmacy to visit.

    Route from Doctor 1 to Doctor 2

    Route from Doctor 2 to Pharmacy, back home
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Fat Guy View Post
    Team Radio shack passed us early in the ride coming from the opposite direction, didn't see if the boss was with them or not.
    Sweet!
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    Apparently the Boss is riding with them, along with the entire US contingent, and Axel what's his name:
    http://www.livestrong.com/teamradios...on-open-roads/

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    Temps warmed up today in the NE, and there was a few hour break in the rain in the late afternoon so I went for a ride. When the sun set the Christmas lights came on, so I made a tour of several neighborhoods. I ended up extending my ride for a few more hours enjoing all the decorations. A Merry Christmas to all!

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