Got my personal best on a tough hill that I have been working on. managed 19.6 mph up an 8.4% grade.
No, we didn't take the tandem up Cadillac. I'm reasonably certain we'd still be there, lying prostrate on the side of the road. :o
However I can compare my solo rides around the PLR to the tandem runs. About the same level of effort uphill but running a higher low gear and thus going faster. On the other hand, on some of the downhills I did spin out the Masi's high gear (47/14) but not the tandem's (52/14).
After being away for nearly two weeks with work, I finally managed to throw a leg over my 1967 Carlton Monday evening. This evening after I finished work, I managed to take another ride, this time on my Peugeot PX-8. The ride was a little over 22 miles and was just short of 1100 feet of climbing over the course. I didn't set any speed records on either ride, but it felt good to get some saddle time in after sitting on my duff for 10 straight days. Friday, I'm planning a morning ride with a couple friends and intend to take the Norman Rapide out for a spin. It's been a little bit since she's been out of the house and is probably feeling a bit neglected.
Anyway, below are a few obligatory pictures from this evening's ride.
Mountain Church Road Loop - 1 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
Mountain Church Road Loop - 2 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
Mountain Church Road Loop - 3 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
Mountain Church Road Loop - 4 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
Mountain Church Road Loop - 5 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
Great pictures photogravity! Looks like a fun loop to ride. Nice elevation gain for 22 miles.
This morning I took the Norman Rapide for a ride for the first time in a few weeks. Since I've been riding the Carlton and Peugeot a good bit lately, it felt great to be on the Norman again. As a result, I also questioned why I ride any of the other bikes I have in my collection, believe it or not. The Norman is an effortless bike to ride and, though it has only 4 gears to work with, manages to go faster over a given distance than any of the other bikes I have. I guess it has to do with that wonderful Reynolds 531 tubing... ;)
In any case, the entire ride was 35 miles with just under 1600 feet of climbing. As I was climbing several hills, I was up out of the saddle trying to get get enough power to the wheel so I wouldn't end up walking the bicycle. Fortunately, the approach worked. :D Chances are that tomorrow's ride will be on the Rapide once more. I *really* *love* that bike, to put it mildly.
Old Meets New - Norman Rapide and YiPsan by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
Middletown - Catoctin Creek Ride - 1 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
Middletown - Catoctin Creek Ride - 2 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
Middletown - Catoctin Creek Ride - 4 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
Middletown - Catoctin Creek Ride - 5 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr
I managed to get in a ride, first since coming home from vacation. Just an hour or so, starting at sunset. I rode the UO8 because it has lights. Stopped at Belmont Wheelworks for some BB bearings and the first guy I saw behind the counter said "Nice UO8. We had two PX10's in here this week. This must be Peugeot week. I used to have a red UO8." Then the next guy had to come over and check it out, asked about the brakes, gabbed for a few minutes. It was a fun stop.
After 2 weeks of smoke from lightning sparked wildfires I decided to "go west" for some clean air. After an idea from Northbend I decided to ride the Iron Horse trail - converted gravel trail from the old Milwaukee railroad. It's pretty easy riding - caviar mountain biking as I like to call it. Total of 44 miles - first half all downhill and the second half an incline of no more than 2% - just enough to slow you down a little. Got the clean air and even some rain and mud so some bike clean up is necessary. The best part was my first opportunity to ride through an old railroad tunnel - this one is said to be 2 miles and I believe it. My light was sufficient but not great. Once the eyes adjusted after the first quarter mile the going was ok with the trail being so smooth.
Tunnel entrance on the downhill side:
The "roughest" part of the trail:
You get to ride through some cool stands of old growth forest
And over several trestles - this one the longest
Signs of a good ride - :thumb:
Long ride ..... to the playground!
Two kind of vintage bikes, a Raleigh and a Trek.