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    Late morning/early afternoon ride on Ms. Patina today. The Peugeot PL8 was finished last winter and this was the first real shakedown ride - 22 miles or so. I did ride it earlier this spring and had a thumping in the rear sew up tire. That's when I had the scary realization I had forgotten to glue the tires before taking it out. That was done this morning and all was good.

    The frame, while tall at the seat post for me, is a good fit because the top tube is a little shorter so I'm not as stretched out as my Trek 510 or Spectrum. The 40 yr old Simplex derailleur works surprisingly well and I would rank it toward the top of my stable as far as producing a nice quiet ride. I know it'll crack at some point but I'm really going to enjoy it until then. Noticed a few rattles that meant some tightening needed to happen. Not real keen on the Altenberger brakes but they were what was on it so I'll use them for now. Besides I don't ride it all that fast so extreme braking force won't be necessary.

    Overall a very fun ride.





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    Yesterday I did my second D2R2 ride, the fabled dirt road climbing ride that stitches together old carriage roads in northwestern MA and southern VT, the proceeds which go to support the Franklin Land Trust whose mission is to preserve the farming heritage and rural character of the area. Last year I ended up walking a few short segments of the ride and came close to self-destruction by the end, but this year I was better prepared and did fine. And even though I rode the 2nd "easiest" route of the five offered, it still clocked in 7500 ft of elevation gain in 62 miles. I even managed to keep a smile on my face for most of it, although I think I remember muttering some curses on some of the climbs. I did the ride with a good friend with whom I've ridden a lot, and a friend of his that I met just yesterday. And I saw lots of friends and familiar faces who were either doing different routes or riding in their own groups. Despite constant rain during the drive out from Boston early in the morning and a forecast for thunderstorms, by the time we rolled out at 9am the skies had cleared and it was blue skies and temps in the 70s all day. Perfect. Here are some shots from the day:

    Cooper Lane, a beautiful rolling carriage road that climbs up the side of a mountain:


    A tough climb:


    A narrow carriage road crossing the border into VT:


    A common scene in VT:


    A country lane:


    A gaggle of bikes spilling into the road at the lunch stop:


    The fabled covered bridge at the lunch stop. When hurricane Irene hit on the night of D2R2 last year (the first drops fell as I checked in at the finish), the Green river had risen to within one foot of the bridge. Many other area bridges got washed away.




    A vista atop one of the many climbs:


    Post-ride, the whole group:
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    Did some MTB'ing today with the Peugeot and saw the biggest hill gradients I've ever seen. I'll find some easier trails next time.

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    That is a sweet looking Peugeot!
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    Thankyou, I'm quite happy with the handling on downhills to.
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    Lavalette on through seaside heights (of jersey shore fame) and on to the southern tip of this sand bar.






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    Quote Originally Posted by IthaDan View Post
    Lavalette on through seaside heights (of jersey shore fame) and on to the southern tip of this sand bar.





    That looks like a blast! Is that where you been?
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    Ha, nope. Just got down here yesterday. Spent the summer working about an hour north of home, I'd often spend the night up there.

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    I took a mostly gravel ride today, ended up being somewheres around 50 miles. Kingston-Hurley-Rosendale-New Paltz-Mohonk-High Falls-Hurley-Kingston

    Picked up the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail just outside of the limits of the City of Kingston, about a 10 minute ride through traffic from my front porch, and made my way down to Rosendale via Binnewater Road because the trail is currently gated off for the portion that goes through the Williams Lake property.

    Made it to Rosendale, and stopped to admire the old cement kilns. Yep, Rosendale Cement...this is where it was made




    The train trestle in Rosendale which is currently being re-decked for pedestrian and bike use


    Picked up the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail again, and started south towards New Paltz




    Rest at the Wallkill River bridge




    Rode into New Paltz via Huguenot Street





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    And, then up over the mountain to Mohonk Preserve (membership or day fee required) where I hit some more gravel and took a quick hike to the top of Bonticou Crag








    Then, back down through Spring Farm and into High Falls, where I refueled at the Last Bite with apple juice, sausage/egg/cheese, and cheesecake


    The Locktenders Cottage, now restored, as it sits at Lock 14(iirc?) of the former D&H canal. Side note, I did a land survey of this property last fall, entered it in a state map competition, and won first place!


    Picked up the Marbletown Rail Trail (former O&W Railroad) and rode back to Hurley, New Yorks second capital after the British burned the first, which is Kingston




    Oldest street of continuously lived in stone houses in America


    And, that's my ride for the day! I'm tired.

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    After weeks of horrific heat and drought, we finally got a pair of beautiful and cool mornings this weekend. I headed out on my Freschi today, bright and early and directly into the sun. Lots and lots of rollers, gradually moving toward the Missouri River and through some gorgeous (but patently dead) fields of corn. Nice enough that after the first 45 miles I noticed there was still ice in my bottles. Stopped at a river front park to refill my bottles with tepid water and didn't even mind.
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    Great pics southpawboston! I wish I could have gone.

    I rode 42 miles today with 1400' elevation gain. Some new roads, I took the Kelly, no dirt today unfortunately. West Greenwich-East Greenwich-Exeter-Wyoming-Richmond-West Greenwich-Coventry

    Woody Hill School house





    This outhouse could use some renovation.



    There wasn't many houses on this road. I wonder how far kids had to walk to get to school.

    Up hills like this (this is Woody Hill Rd), in snow, both ways,



    I took time to smell the flowers.


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    Wow, you folks are posting such great pics. I have no great pics today, no grand and glorious vistas, no endless cornfields and picturesque river crossings. You have all already done that!

    Just a trivial ride report, 46.8 miles on the tandem with my sweetie. We went west from Bedford into Carlisle, then for some new roads for us further west into Westford and north into northern Chelmsford. Came into Chelmsford Center from the west. You know how Carlisle has a few hills? Well, Chelmsford has some too, only much longer. Drop into low gear and grind away... Did I mention how Chelmesford has a few hills? It was a good day!

    At Great Brook Farm on our return we met a couple riding a pair of beautiful Mercians. Spent some time talking old bikes with them. No pics, alas.

    Stopping at a park on the northeast side of Chelmsford Center:



    And the obligatory picnic, without which this ride would be pointless:

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    Went for what started out as a casual 31 mile ride and turned into a brutal one for awhile when a 20 mph wind suddenly kicked up. I had good reason to force my way into the wind for 10 miles, though.

    It's amazing what three months and a welder's torch can do. This is one of the best highway shoulders to ride on around here but now the scenery is drastically different.



    The landscape changed this past Monday:





    First ride of the year on the Nishiki Marina 12:



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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
    Wow, you folks are posting such great pics. I have no great pics today, no grand and glorious vistas, no endless cornfields and picturesque river crossings. You have all already done that!

    Just a trivial ride report, 46.8 miles on the tandem with my sweetie. We went west from Bedford into Carlisle, then for some new roads for us further west into Westford and north into northern Chelmsford. Came into Chelmsford Center from the west. You know how Carlisle has a few hills? Well, Chelmsford has some too, only much longer. Drop into low gear and grind away... Did I mention how Chelmesford has a few hills? It was a good day!

    At Great Brook Farm on our return we met a couple riding a pair of beautiful Mercians. Spent some time talking old bikes with them. No pics, alas.

    Stopping at a park on the northeast side of Chelmsford Center:



    And the obligatory picnic, without which this ride would be pointless:

    Sounds like a great ride, Jim, and it's great to see that you and your sweetie are putting that tandem to good use!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJScaliger View Post

    I rode 42 miles today with 1400' elevation gain. Some new roads, I took the Kelly, no dirt today unfortunately. West Greenwich-East Greenwich-Exeter-Wyoming-Richmond-West Greenwich-Coventry

    Woody Hill School house





    This outhouse could use some renovation.



    There wasn't many houses on this road. I wonder how far kids had to walk to get to school.

    Up hills like this (this is Woody Hill Rd), in snow, both ways,



    I took time to smell the flowers.

    Hey, I think I need to start exploring more around RI! I bet none of these places are too far from me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by YoKev View Post








    Wow, YoKev, you've just reminded me how beautiful the mid-hudson valley really is! I grew up there, but never explored around the treasures and hidden gems the way you have. Those houses in Hurley sure do ring a bell for me, I remember driving past them many times (and I grew up near uptown Kingston with all its stone houses). Alas, I never explored all those gems by bike, which is probably the best way. I also remember the Rosendale cement kilns. Next time I'm over that way you'll have to give me a guided tour! I didn't even know those trails existed! It looks like it was a splendid ride!!!
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    Today's report is brought to you through the kindness of a stranger.

    I didn't quite make 20 of my usual 25 miles round trip. I had ridden the faithful Peugeot UO8 today because it has a rack for panniers and lights which might have been useful had the predicted 30% POP come to pass. That bike choice turned out to be pivotal.

    I was tooling along this afternoon on the way back to the Attleboro train station when I heard a gunshot. Well, it wasn't really a gunshot, just my rear tire. I hopped off the bike, pulled off the wheel (working through the panniers), checked it over but found no puncture. Then I head a voice from across the road (Rt 123), "You okay over there?" I looked, saw the caller, and answered "I don't know yet." To which he answered "I'll be here if you need anything." Then I found the problem - the valve stem had, ah, exploded. Simple punctures don't usually sound like that anyway.

    The reason the bike choice mattered is that it has Schrader valves, not Presta. When I had put the bike in the car last night I couldn't find a spare tube. I had grabbed tires irons and a patch kit and figured that would cover any normal flat. I have one around here somewhere because both it and the Gran Sport have Schrader valves. But it got moved when I transferred its handlebar bag over to the Bianchi. Memo to self: You have too many bikes.

    So I walked across the street and the guy happily consented to throw the bike in the back of his pickup and drive me the rest of the way to the station. As he put it, the weeds in the lawn would keep and the steaks weren't going onto the grill until 6:30. We had a delightful conversation for the next 10 minutes or so. I told him how I'd written to the Attleboro newspaper last year about how courteous the drivers had been all year, and then thanked him for his consideration.

    It was a good day. As he put it when we shook hands at the station "God bless America!" People are what make a society. We have some good ones.
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    ^ Jim, that is excellent. There are a lot of excellent people out there. Too bad the stinkers are usually easier to spot.

    As far as your valve goes, is it rubber? I don't know if that was part of the cause, but I recently found out that Schwalbe tubes have metal schrader valves. Aside from that, they hold air for a long time... like weeks. Maybe something to look into.
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    I took my daughter out on a 22.5 mile ride tonight. I feel like I am getting a little stronger now that I have been out so frequently. I seem ride with more energy and climb some of the tougher hills better. I've also really learned to grab the drops for climbing, something about that position feels more efficient and powerful. It's nice to see a little improvement.

    I rode about 11 miles into a strong headwind. I enjoyed a great tailwind the rest of the way home.


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    YoKev, your pictures are awesome. I want to ride across that train bridge, that looks like fun. The kilns are really cool.
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    What a priceless smile! This little one is going to grow up wanting to fly down roads on her own bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WNG View Post
    What a priceless smile! This little one is going to grow up wanting to fly down roads on her own bike.
    I think the smile was because of my bike helmet. She laughs at me anytime I walk around with it on. I hope she grows up and loves the outdoors as much as I do. I hope to do lots of hiking and camping with her in the future. My wife is definitely more of an indoors person, maybe I can coax her out.
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    mk, your daughter is really something special!

    Quote Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
    As far as your valve goes, is it rubber?
    I'll check out Schwalbe tubes. This could have been from the valve being crooked in the hole and rubbing until it weakened. I'll have to inspect it with that in mind.

    But it isn't the first time I've had something like this happen. One time my wife and I went on vacation and when we came back a week later I found one of my tires had done the same thing just sitting there. I'm thinking it may have been an old tube. Maybe those old tubes were never meant to hold 105psi.
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    I put in around 80 km while visiting the parents last weekend. It has been a while since I rode a bike in my old high school stomping grounds. Hardly any cars, but the roads were infested with cyclists of all types. Here we are at Sunol corners getting a refreshing beverage.

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    This near vintage 97 Cannondale normally lives on my indoor trainer, but I let it out of the garage to fly in a travel case up to Oakland. The bike and I even tried to get a Strava KOM, but we just missed by 10 seconds. Sorry about the non-drive side pic. It is all DA 9 speed, Mavic SUP rims, TTT bar and stem. Still a nice riding bike.

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