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    Really cool BBM.

    I just took a leisurely 14 or so mile ride and had my tail handed to me.
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    No riding for me the last couple of days. My wife's car died Monday, so I spent the evening driving back and forth to where the car died, our house, and Autozone, to get a new battery. Got it running. I drove it to work today and swung back by Autozone to get the whole charging system tested and found it had a bad alternator. Now I get to ride to work tomorrow since her car is in the shop and she will be driving my car to work tomorrow. About damn time; I haven't ridden to work in two and a half months.
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    How ironic to read your post Doohickie. I just got home an hour ago after getting a call from my wife that her car won't start. Ran fine yesterday and this morning! Packed up my car with tools, jack, jackstands, an extra battery, and cardboard to lay on the ground. 25 miles later, I arrive with my stepson to try to get her car running. It starts raining, we duck into a joint to grab a burger for dinner. Skies let up and I find the starter won't crank. Jumped the extra battery to her car and still no crank. 20 minutes jumping with my car at fast idle....success! No warnings on the dash, odd. So we make a dash for home and made it. Storm dumps more rain and I must wait to go out and tend to her car. Almost midnight here. Looks like a long night ahead. Or I must drive her to work in the morning in rush hour traffic. UGH!
    She's thinking of requesting a transfer to be closer to home. Close enough to bike to work. That would be great!
    Some days can be a real PITA.
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    Heat kills batteries and strains alternators.
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    This is from a short ride last Friday on the Columbia Slough Trail :

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    It was drizzling last night so I just kept tracing through my neighborhood never getting too far from my house. It was so nice outside last night.





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    Rode to work today--13.5 miles. It was the first cool morning since spring, it had just rained, and was about 50 degrees. Very pleasant ride, but I felt chilled when I got to work--hot coffee fixed that. It'll be about 60 when I ride home--I'm looking forward to it.
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    Hooked up with Bikingshearer and his friend to do a loop up and over the Diablo Junction and back. We elected to skip the last 4.5 miles of the summit road to the top because it was getting warm and.... well, we just didn't feel like it. I would have normally agitated to summit, but I was a week off the bike after post ride (Sierra Century) cold, and just didn't have the jam to get up the rest of the way.

    The ride with these two folks was fun (as usual), but fairly nondescript with about 43 miles and about 2400' feet of climbing. What was special was that, in a bit of serendipity, I stumbled into a local concourse on the way home after parting company with my pals.

    Pretty much everything from classic vintage American iron to top-tier current exotics, and everything in-between. I took a few photos before grabbing a cold drink and heading for home.

    It should be noted that while I was strolling though the crowd walking the Palo Alto, more than a few folks stopped me to admire it and ask questions. That was nice.

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    Oh - and the ride profile, if anyone cares:

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    73.5 miles on the Gitane - longest I've done on a C&V. Got a 100K with Drillium Dude and Weaver next weekend so figured I'd get a long one in. Lots o' climbing - 8.5 miles of significant hills and a ton of false flats. I've been fighting a "hot foot"/nerve issue in my right foot all summer. Shoe inserts help a little but the last 20 miles were pretty painful and definitely slowed me down a lot this year. Might just have to take a couple of months off to rest the foot and work on projects.







    About a mile from the top - dropped to 10.2 by the end and was completely gassed. The last couple of miles definitely pitch up.

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    Rode the Sam Morgan trail in St.Paul with my son this afternoon, it was about a 24 mile round trip with a strong headwind the whole way out but it did make for a nice return trip.
    My name is Steve and I don't have a bent fork anymore :)

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    Western Brooklyn > Rockaway Beach > Got clipped by a car > Western Brooklyn. All-in-all a good day.

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    Took a ride in downtown Detroit. Rode the grocery getter to the farmers market,


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    Canada across the river. The white building is Hiram Walker Jr. where they make Canadian Club. A lot of the prohibition whiskey flowed into the states from there.


    Some urban artwork

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    Love the painting hung up there!

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    Mrs. Gomango and I, along with three other couples, did a nice 60 miler to Hastings, MN and back.

    On the way home, we stopped at "Festo Italiano" on Harriet Island in St. Paul.

    Great food, cool cars, motorcycles, and great music!

    .....and let me tell you, the Ducati club was there, and I was almost beat within an inch of my life for drooling on their 696, 796, and 1100 evo Monsters!

    Here are a few pics:





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    Raced my SSCX-ified Trek 660 this morning.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gomango View Post
    I'm lovin' that GTV - or is it a Giulia Sprint?

    Either way, a Grail car for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
    I'm lovin' that GTV - or is it a Giulia Sprint?

    Either way, a Grail car for me

    DD
    I'm thinking GTV.

    The owner was nowhere to be found, and I really wanted to chat about the car.

    There were a half dozen ARs, five Ferraris, several Spyders, and a Countach.

    In particular, there was a black Ferrari 308 GTS that was showroom fresh. The owner was cool, as he kept asking questions about our De Rosas.

    We had five of them in our riding group yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepr View Post
    Some urban artwork

    I love the mural and mustard. Win all around except for the guy who professed his love on that wall. I bet that didn't work out

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    Downtown Skyline (partial) of Sacramento.....from the Sacramento River Water Intake

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    Only a few find the way, some don't recognize it when they do - some... don't ever want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckk View Post
    4 miles - 4 FLATS!
    So much for the shakedown cruise of the new Specialized. Got out two miles and the front went flat. Replaced the tube and turned around since I wasn't too comfortable with the original tires anyway.
    Got to the top of the Parmer railroad bridge and the rear flatted. Wiggle-wobbled off the bridge and patched the rear tube with a stick-on patch and that was leaking before I got the wheel back on the bike.
    Patched it again with a rubber patch, got ready to go and the front was flat again, so gave up and wiggle-wobbled the rest of the way home on a flat front.
    NOT the tires that caused the flats, but the stupid, too skinny rim strips that were on the brand new wheels. Of course, the tires are pretty well ruined now from riding on them.
    Betcha won't make that mistake again, compadre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheshire Cat
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    Today I rode to cardiac rehab and back on my single-speed Sears Ted Williams Free Spirit!


    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckk View Post
    4 miles - 4 FLATS!

    NOT the tires that caused the flats, but the stupid, too skinny rim strips that were on the brand new wheels. Of course, the tires are pretty well ruined now from riding on them.
    Ouch! I carry 2 tubes AND a patch kit because I've had 3 flats in a day. Rim strips suck, I never use them.

    I buy photo gaffer tape, a heavy cloth based adhesive roll for 19. bucks, tear it to width, wrap the rim twice and cut out the valve hole. A roll will last 5-10 years and I build a lot of wheels...
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    I went on a couple of kid rides today.

    First with my son to check out a garage sale and paly at the park. We rode about 8 miles, a quarter of which was on damp dirt trails. He did real good helping out.



    My daughter and I rode down to the valley to get some corn. It's in season now, and five ears for a buck(if you pick it yourself). We stopped at the skate park to watch the local talent, and Lexi pointed out a couple of troublemakers from her school.

    This guy was not one of them.



    We stopped and picked up or goods on the way home. This ride was 24 miles, with some climbing. She is really a good stoker(and this bike hauls ass on the downhill, and is smooooth on the flats)


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    The Road Not Taken

    Five years ago this raving bike fiend spent as much time riding off road as he did on the road and since the back injury my time on the trails has been really limited but today I thought I would take the long way home and ride what used to be a near daily route through the river valley.

    Did not ride fast or as hard as I used to but really enjoyed the season and the beautiful views... last night I de-commuterized my Moulden which makes it a really light and agile bike (it was designed for XC) and these designs were tested on these same trails 20 years ago as the bike was built here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger M View Post
    I went on a couple of kid rides today.

    First with my son to check out a garage sale and paly at the park. We rode about 8 miles, a quarter of which was on damp dirt trails. He did real good helping out.

    My daughter and I rode down to the valley to get some corn. It's in season now, and five ears for a buck(if you pick it yourself). We stopped at the skate park to watch the local talent, and Lexi pointed out a couple of troublemakers from her school.

    This guy was not one of them.

    We stopped and picked up or goods on the way home. This ride was 24 miles, with some climbing. She is really a good stoker(and this bike hauls ass on the downhill, and is smooooth on the flats)
    My oldest gets called Lexi alot... it is short for Alexandra.

    Looks like fun and can't wait to get my girls out on the tandem which should be ready for prime time very soon.

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