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Old 08-03-11, 04:32 AM   #251
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Thank goodness for that! Having decimated the songbird population, now the local cats have taken over my blackberry patch as litterbox, and I'm seriously considering putting out some poison for them. With luck I'll have some nice dead cat photos soon. For the mean time, here's something a little cuter:

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Hah! I think I saw that little green dude in Kung Fu Panda.

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Thank goodness for that! Having decimated the songbird population, now the local cats have taken over my blackberry patch as litterbox, and I'm seriously considering putting out some poison for them. With luck I'll have some nice dead cat photos soon. For the mean time, here's something a little cuter:

Pretty awesome killing machines.

We have them in our gardens every summer.

Most of them are about 5 inches long by winter, but I've seen them larger as well.
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you know what's so funny about this pic (aside from the shorty fenders)? I was so fixated on taking a picture of the bike I didnt even realize i was on the wrong side of the statue.

Don't know who that is but it looks like he parked his bike, jumped the fence and then climbed that pedestal for a better view.
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I was thinking about starting a thread titled "Funny Things You See in More Than One Place" to include these two pictures.

In my case the funny things are Snow Plow Memorials. At least that is what I call them. Seems as if most every NH town has one in front of their garages. Here are two. I plan to collect more pictures with my bikes and plows.

Sutton, NH (where Supton lives), taken today.



Danbury, NH, taken last week.

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Back to bikes - me on the June Lake Loop riding my De Rosa, just before a storm of biblical proportions overtook us and sent us running for cover. Lightning, thunder, hail, flash floods, torrential rain....... everything but toads and locusts.
Hmmmm. Someone up there trying to tell you somthin'?
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I was thinking about starting a thread titled "Funny Things You See in More Than One Place" to include these two pictures.

In my case the funny things are Snow Plow Memorials. At least that is what I call them. Seems as if most every NH town has one in front of their garages. Here are two. I plan to collect more pictures with my bikes and plows.

Sutton, NH (where Supton lives), taken today.



Danbury, NH, taken last week.

So hang on..."hiway"? What am I missing?
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Wanted to post this when we took it, but service was bogged for the whole week (40k riders with cell phones? Good luck! Even voice mails took two days to get).

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^ Awesome pic - where was it taken?

And - what kind of PF is that? I've never seen a reversed type.

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^ Awesome pic - where was it taken?

And - what kind of PF is that? I've never seen a reversed type.

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That's the Trestle Bridge on the High Trestle Trail near Madrid, IA. The whole trail is quite amazing; paved and separated from the highway.

The "reverse" would be an extra-ordinary, or high wheel safety, the first American designed bicycle. Mine is specifically called an Eagle (which originated from Springfield, Mass.). I felt much better flying down the 20% grade at Twister Hill on it than on an ordinary - it is so much safer going downhill (yet, much squirellier steering, uphill and bumps/rocks).
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I felt much better flying down the 20% grade at Twister Hill on it than on an ordinary - it is so much safer going downhill (yet, much squirellier steering, uphill and bumps/rocks).
You, sir, have some cohones - I can't imagine myself looking for any incline on a high wheel, up or down!

Thanks for the lesson, and please keep those high wheel pics coming.

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You, sir, have some cohones - I can't imagine myself looking for any incline on a high wheel, up or down!

Thanks for the lesson, and please keep those high wheel pics coming.

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Haha, thanks . I have many, many pics from RAGBRAI. I could flood the hell out of the thread, though, and some might not appreciate that . Iowa ain't flat, contrary to popular belief.


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How do you calculate GI on those ? Just wondering what the equivalent is to a chain driven bike for pedaling effort ?
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How do you calculate GI on those ?
You measure the wheel diameter!

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Gear Inches: One of the three comprehensive systems for numbering the gear values for bicycle gears. It is the equivalent diameter of the drive wheel on a high-wheel bicycle. When chain-drive "safety" bikes came in, the same system was used, multiplying the drive wheel diameter by the sprocket ratio. It is very easy to calculate: the diameter of the drive wheel, times the size of the front sprocket divided by the size of the rear sprocket. This gives a convenient two- or three-digit number. The lowest gear on most mountain bikes is around 22-26 inches. The highest gear on road racing bikes is usually around 108-110 inches. Unfortunately, the handwriting is on the wall for all inch-based measurement systems.
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How do you calculate GI on those ? Just wondering what the equivalent is to a chain driven bike for pedaling effort ?
It's very hard to explain how they translate, honestly. Pictured, the Eagle (little wheel in the front) is a 50", the ordinary is a 52" [diameters]. The wheels also have about an inch added from tire. That * pi = one pedal rotation's wheel rotation, or your gear inches, but because it's direct drive, it's harder to pedal. You're looking at 161" and 166" gear inches, respectively (or nearly 14 feet traveled per pedal rotation). It's fun counting pedal rotations while climbing, and realizing how long a specific hill was.

People try to compare it to a fixed gear, and while you can get close, the physics of direct drive, aerodynamics and simply posture make a modern bike much "quicker". Add in very short cranks, flats with no clips/clipless, the fact that these specific ordinaries weigh around 60-70lb (there were light roadsters in the 30 range, and racers in the 20s, but they are rare and delicate) and a single hand position - I think you know what I'm getting at.
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Sure to polarize this crowd:

Super fancy. I want one for my racing bike too.

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The bridge! The Bike! The other Bike! The Bridge! The Bike.... .....
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Old 08-04-11, 02:57 PM   #268
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^Man that bridge is way cool!

It rained today:

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I like that one ^

From last night's ride, parked in front of the downtown Post Office:
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When we started out, it was a cloudless blue sky. ~ 2 hours later this weather came storming over the cest and chased us up the road. we found a place to duck into about 15 minutes before it got ugly. I don't mind rain so much, but the idea of riding a steel bike in an electrical storm didn't seem particularly prudent.

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Did you stop at the closest bike shop to buy fenders.. so you could finish the ride?
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Did you stop at the closest bike shop to buy fenders.. so you could finish the ride?
He can't use fenders...it"ll ruin his street cred.......
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Sorry - no bike in the picture. Decided to go for a morning ride.

The destination:



The road didn't quite go to the top:



But a great morning view to stop and take a breather:

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Ugh...so jealous.
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bit of a theme over the past couple days...


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