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    We had 3 days of nice riding weather last week in Chicago. The weekend it rained, and rained and rained. So today I was confronted with this. And the weather man says more rains a comin. Oh well. At least its starting to look and feel more like Spring around here. Good riding weather is just around the corner, I can feel it. Until then we have this..........


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    ONE of these days I'm gonna bring a camera.
    But, today was my longest ride I've ever done. 29 miles. 14.5 mph average speed (2 hours).
    It was a route I haven't done before, roads I've never ridden before, A LOT of hills, quite a bit of wind, and many headwinds.
    I think I did pretty good. I'm pretty proud of myself.
    I can see my goal of 40 miles in one ride this month, fairly easily now. I need to do a couple more rides like this, and find a less windy day, and I'll probably do it in just over 2 hours.
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    Okay, here's my great big adventure of the weekend.

    I rode from my hometown of Santa Maria out into the mountains,
    (quite a loong ride, if I daresay so) with a backpack full of food and
    clothes and a sleeping bag tied to my back. My friend Travis and I went.
    He rode his Ciocc, I rode my incredibly ugly 90's centurion, I'll post pics of it sometime.

    Anyway, here goes:

    Travis at the top of a fun, challenging dip. This picture shows the landscape better.


    Me, at the same point. A neat picture of me.


    Into the mountains: (on old road bikes...)


    Me, way up there:


    Getting ready to ride home in the morning:
    (Our campfire failed drastically, we couldn't keep it lit, thusly couldn't cook our rice or our eggs.
    We were hungry. Gathering firewood at 2 in the morning, we accidentially pulled and burned some poison oak. It was dark, and there were no leaves on it, so.
    I have poison oak on my arms, my face, my back, my hands, my manhood, my chest... Everywhere.
    But the smiles in this picture are smiles of ignorant bliss... I'd find out the DOOM the next day...


    Here's my favorite picture from the trip, I wish it was of me, though...


    And, finally, riding home.


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    Hey Nick, a few random thoughts:

    -Your bike isnt ugly, I like it!

    -That looks like fun, well aside from the poisonous part..

    -it reminds me of something I would have done as a teenager. I think we share the need to explore

    -get some panniers. My back hurts thinking about your trip. Look into some lightweight camping stuff as well

    -not preaching at all, but consider a helmet. They arent cool until you crash the first time and bash your head open but after that they're really cool!

    - I miss California!
    Mmmm, bicycles.

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    Wow, quite an adventure and great photos. And yes, the Centurion looks great, it doesn't suck.
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    Hey fellas! I'm glad someone read about my adventure!!
    Oh, I didn't get any photos of the best part, though, riding down a very steep rocky, pitted dirt mountain road, faster than Levi Leipheimer could dream of going... And dodging rocks and swerving with great finesse. It was actually pretty impressive.

    I don't suppose the Centurion is ugly, it's only a very acquired taste. Very late 80's/early 90's...

    The need to explore (or "adventure," as I prefer to say) is definitely in my blood. Very, very much so. I can't deal with the mundane, if I'm not experiencing something new I get frustrated.

    That is to say, after I graduate college, I'm investing in my ideal touring bike (different rant) and riding across the US, improvising most of the trip, working for my meals and meeting strangers, being as self-sufficient and penniless as possible. That's going to be quite the adventure. After that, depending on how things go, who knows... The world?

    Lightweight camping stuff and panniers are on my "need to get" list, but after my stint in backpacking, I've learned that light, effective camping stuff is expensive. Panniers are something I want, but I have to finish two big projects first right now, a Peugeot for my lady and a bike for me, but it's a suprise.

    As for the "helmet" issue...

    I know I probably should get one. But my demands are one that doesn't look goofy and modern and clash with every C&V thing on my bicycle, is light and compact and doesn't make me look silly. I'm quite open to suggestions, but until I find one that suits my fancy (and fits my ginormous head) I'm the wind in my hair.

    California is nice, I'm maybe at most 70 miles from the time trials here in those pics.

    And here's another shot of the centurion, my only other photo of it:


    I admit, it's not the zippiest bike around, kind of slow.

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    I got my jeunet onto the scull creek trail in Fayetteville, AR yesterday and found out that I need to make some adjustments on my rear drop outs so that the wheel doesn't come loose under heavy torque crossing busy streets (yikes).

    This was on the side of a building near our bar district:


    Pretty short tunnel. I hit it so fast that my eyes never adjusted. The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off due to budget cuts... Pretty good indicator of the times, I guess:


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    *Sigh*

    "CNN is here bringing you breaking news: Many seniors have reported that the 'light at the end of the tunnel' has been shut off, due to budget cuts made by the Alpha and the Omega himself!"

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    Hey banjo, I had one of those "ugly" bikes. A little info on them... Centurion Serial Number Database

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    Quote Originally Posted by banjo_mole View Post
    As for the "helmet" issue...

    I know I probably should get one. But my demands are one that doesn't look goofy and modern and clash with every C&V thing on my bicycle, is light and compact and doesn't make me look silly. I'm quite open to suggestions, but until I find one that suits my fancy (and fits my ginormous head) I'm the wind in my hair.
    True. A helmet might look kinda goofy, but goofier than this?!?



    Anyways, thanks for sharing the pics. Cool adventure.

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    Today I did 46 miles south of San Jose with NorCal BF member Markopolo. ~3200 feet of climbing in mostly rural contryside. I rode my Palo Alto today, after installing the new San Marco Regal last night. The inagural ride was 46 miles, and this was the first time a saddle disappeared underneath me - I just never really felt it or thought about it all day. It's a keeper, and I like it MUCH better than the Brooks B-17 that is on my Cinelli. I sould've bought two!!

    A few pics:

    A barn:


    A climb:


    Three deer:


    House on a hill:


    Model airplane airport:


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    in and out burger.....i miss the west coast.

    That pic of the deer us cool, took me a while to find them all.

    Great pics. It looks like you touch them up in Photoshop or some other photo editing software? Perhaps you jack up the contrast? If not what kind of camera are you using? Your pics always come out very nice.
    Mmmm, bicycles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -holiday76 View Post
    Great pics. It looks like you touch them up in Photoshop or some other photo editing software? Perhaps you jack up the contrast? If not what kind of camera are you using? Your pics always come out very nice.
    Thank you. The camera is a cheezy little 3-4 year old Olympus Stylus 600. It is a basic 6mp point and shoot with 3x optical zoom. I just use Picassa as my editor - sharpen, crop, "I feel lucky" button, and sometimes saturation. That's it.
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    Hello - This will be my first post this thread, since today was my first ride on my new classic/vintage bike. I picked up this old Takara over the winter, and I cleaned, modernized, and re-outfitted to suit my own taste. The goal was "Inspired by Rivendell"... but for about $200.

    The sun came out today, the air warmed up, and the ground is getting dry, so I headed out exploring my new town, and loved every minute. I think the whole place finally came out of hibernation this morning. I took the picture below as I had just left Green Lakes State Park, and was meeting up with the Old Erie Canal State Park trail.


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    I just finished putting my Raleigh Pro together yesterday, just in time for a gorgeous 65 degree Ohio day. A huge thanks goes to Machin Shin for the cable housings that he sent me. I made a short loop through downtown and around to some of Canton Ohio's notable sites, it was probably a ten mile trip or so. The Raleigh felt really great, way different then my other bikes. Here are some pics of my trip (and my new bike):

    Downtown outside of the courthouse:




    This is one of my favorite buildings downtown:


    Canton's prettiest chuch IMO:


    My favorite hole-in-the wall is getting a makeover, this place used to be SCARY looking:


    Mckinley Monument, President William Mckinley's final resting place and Canton's favorite sledding. The kids were rolling down the hill, I wish I could have gotten pics of it.


    The president looking over Canton:


    Passed through Stadium park:

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    Canton's best known landmark, the giant orange juicer (Pro football hall of fame)


    Football is a big deal in Canton. This is the local high school stadium, capacity 22,364. The Pro Hall of fame game is held here every year.

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    First time out for the 1972 NOS LeJeune Champ du Monde. Removed some of the items to maintain their NOS status. Short cruise as I had not been in the saddle since January. Mr Carré builds a nice frame. First time on VeloFlex Paves also. I do like...I just hope I never flat as they are a PITA to mount.

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    I rode to work today on my newly put together 80's Lotus Eclair Touring bike.




    Mmmm, bicycles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -holiday76 View Post
    I rode to work today on my newly put together 80's Lotus Eclair Touring bike.
    That is my favorite bike on this site in a long time. I'd love to see more pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otter 718 View Post
    That is my favorite bike on this site in a long time. I'd love to see more pics!
    thanks! Today was my first ride on it and I love it so far. I posted some pics in the vintage touring thread here

    Show us your Vintage Touring bikes

    or can you can check out these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
    I just finished putting my Raleigh Pro together yesterday, just in time for a gorgeous 65 degree Ohio day. A huge thanks goes to Machin Shin for the cable housings that he sent me. I made a short loop through downtown and around to some of Canton Ohio's notable sites, it was probably a ten mile trip or so. The Raleigh felt really great, way different then my other bikes. Here are some pics of my trip (and my new bike):



    great pics! I think we're getting that weather tomorrow as it's supposed to be around 63 degrees and sunny. The pro looks titillatus!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
    I just finished putting my Raleigh Pro together yesterday, just in time for a gorgeous 65 degree Ohio day. A huge thanks goes to Machin Shin for the cable housings that he sent me. I made a short loop through downtown and around to some of Canton Ohio's notable sites, it was probably a ten mile trip or so. The Raleigh felt really great, way different then my other bikes. Here are some pics of my trip (and my new bike):
    Nice pictures! I've been wanting to visit the Football HOF for a while now and I might finally get the chance this coming May.

    We should get together for a ride while I'm out there. The Raleigh looks great. Did you go with the solid grey housing? Excellent choice.

    Dan
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    Quote Originally Posted by -holiday76 View Post
    thanks! Today was my first ride on it and I love it so far. I posted some pics in the vintage touring thread here

    Show us your Vintage Touring bikes

    or can you can check out these.
    -Holiday

    Looking good. Glad to see you got it and have it set up the way you like with barends and such. How did it do in its first commuting trip?
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    Wow, these are some great reports posted the last few days.

    Banjomole, you really should get a helmet. Nothing looks dorkier than brain damage. It really does happen. One of my best friends took his own life after suffering brain damage from a moped accident. He just couldn't deal with it. Another friend of mine fell around Solvang, and broke his helmet in two. He probably would have died with out it.

    BTW, the Centurion looks great. I rode 50 miles on my '82 Centurion today.

    I thought you guys might enjoy some pics of the wildflowers along the L.A. Beach Bike Path. Sure, L.A. sucks, but sometimes it doesn't suck quite so bad! :-)





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    Quote Originally Posted by Machin Shin View Post
    Nice pictures! I've been wanting to visit the Football HOF for a while now and I might finally get the chance this coming May.

    We should get together for a ride while I'm out there. The Raleigh looks great. Did you go with the solid grey housing? Excellent choice.

    Dan
    Dan, definitely get in touch with me if you do make it to Canton. I don't want to over-hype the HOF, it does not compare to cooperstown where the whole city runs with the theme. We have the building and that is pretty much it, that may change someday there has been talk of tying in other forms of entertainment.

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    I rode to work today. yesterday I took the touring bike. Today I took the Alan. It's nice having a 9 mile commute to work, 7 of which is on trails like this:







    Mmmm, bicycles.

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