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Old 06-28-08, 04:09 PM   #1
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Saturday The 28th Ride and Pics

38 hilly miles from home up to Sierra and the 15 fwy, near Devore. Gina did very well, far better than last week. Must have been the cooler temps today. Started at 7 am to beat the heat. Took a quick breather at the gas station on Sierra before heading back. About a mile before we get home, some stupid landscape nursery blew their debris and goatheads into the road after a trim. We both flatted right after ridng that section. Gina's front tire had 3 thorns!

Weather much nicer today. Barley 90 degrees right now at 3 pm. Last week it was 90 when we finished the ride at 10:45 am.



About 10 miles into the ride, Gina looks happy! Must have been the cooler temps.

Gina dropping me again

Heading back down from Sierra and the 15 fwy

Gina telling me to take a pic of her salty ponytail. Who am I to refuse?

Quick potty break at the park
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Old 06-28-08, 09:12 PM   #2
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Again - you too are having way too much fun!! No bike rides for me...ooh wait did the elliptical and then the stationary bike today...

Sounds/looks like y'all had a blast!
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I gotta figure out how to bring my camera... looks fun.
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I gotta figure out how to bring my camera... looks fun.

I really don't care for jerseys so I made a camera holder out of a waterbottle. I cut it in half using the lower half of the bottle. I use a plastic shopping bag for insulation and padding so it doesn't bobble around in the bottle. I carry it in one of my waterbottle cages. Ther are enough parks along the route so that I don't run out of water. 20 miles up and retun is mostly down.

You can see the lower half of a waterbottle in the seat tube bottle cage on my Cannondale.That's my super duper camera carrier! ...Or I just carry it in the jersey pocket if I wear one knowing I need my two bottles.


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I really don't care for jerseys so I made a camera holder out of a waterbottle. I cut it in half using the lower half of the bottle. I use a plastic shopping bag for insulation and padding so it doesn't bobble around in the bottle. I carry it in one of my waterbottle cages. Ther are enough parks along the route so that I don't run out of water. 20 miles up and retun is mostly down.

You can see the lower half of a waterbottle in the seat tube bottle cage on my Cannondale.That's my super duper camera carrier! ...Or I just carry it in the jersey pocket if I wear one knowing I need my two bottles.


I expect you either don't have a very expensive camera, or you don't mind what would happen to the camera if you had a unplanned dismount, because your camera would probably be a casualty in that case. My younger film camera, is more then 25 years old, and the older one is more then 30, they are Konicas and have not been made in over 20, I wouldn't want to risk them that way, and the newest is a DSLR that I paid too much for to risk that way.

I am debating though about trying to turn one of the camera bags into a handle bar bag though. As it is designed to protect the camera if you drop it, although a hard shell case like a Pelican would probably be the best. I think with a piece of AL bar stock I could make a bracket, then run a bungie cord around it in a couple of different places to keep it in place. The issue is that I need it to stay on the bike in case of a crash, but be easy to remove if I go somewhere, and lock the bike up.
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My camera is a Sony Cyber-Shot 6.0. I paid about $150 for it. That's plenty of dough I think but not for a photographer. Guess it's like bikes. A Trek is a milion bucks to a newb but lowend to a RAAM rider. I'm a newb to digital cameras!

I try my best to take care of it as I do with all my possessions. I've been using it on the bike for about 2 years now so if something were to happen, I think I've gotten my share. Don't think I'd go anymore expensive than what I've got, even if I could afford it. The pics come out more than nice enough and again like bikes, I ride and care for my $1000 bikes better than most of my buds who have $5000- $8000 bikes!

Well, the Cannondale in the pic is 10 y/o. When my buds see it, they think I've bought a new bike. I take care of everything the same way! My Oakley M frame sunglasses are about 5 years old and not a scratch on either lens. I'm that kinda guy! Not to say something can't happen, but I do my best to avoid mishaps.

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My camera is a Sony Cyber-Shot 6.0. I paid about $150 for it. That's plenty of dough I think but not for a photographer. Guess it's like bikes. A Trek is a milion bucks to a newb but lowend to a RAAM rider. I'm a newb to digital cameras!

I try my best to take care of it as I do with all my possessions. I've been using it on the bike for about 2 years now so if something were to happen, I think I've gotten my share. Don't think I'd go anymore expensive than what I've got, even if I could afford it. The pics come out more than nice enough and again like bikes, I ride and care for my $1000 bikes better than most of my buds who have $5000- $8000 bikes!

Well, the Cannondale in the pic is 10 y/o. When my buds see it, they think I've bought a new bike. I take care of everything the same way! My Oakley M frame sunglasses are about 5 years old and not a scratch on either lens. I'm that kinda guy! Not to say something can't happen, but I do my best to avoid mishaps.
You know most people look at the value of something if they were to sell it, I have long thought a better idea is to value something at what it would cost to replace it. A $1000, ten year old bike, to sell might be worth $100, to replace it might cost $1500, so the longer you keep it on the road, the more valuable it really becomes, because you need to replace it with lower and lower value dollars.
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I like the idea of using the water bottle holder. Unfortunately, it would only hold one of the lenses. Seems mounting camera bag on handlebars could be useful.
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Sports Illustrated photographer?....I'm just a smalltime guy!
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You know most people look at the value of something if they were to sell it, I have long thought a better idea is to value something at what it would cost to replace it. A $1000, ten year old bike, to sell might be worth $100, to replace it might cost $1500, so the longer you keep it on the road, the more valuable it really becomes, because you need to replace it with lower and lower value dollars.

I have a bud that is an excellent mechanic. He says my CAAD3 is overbuilt and to hold on to it as long as I can. He says don't get rid of it unless it crack which he doubts it never will. He's was a supestrong clyde racer so I figure he knows what he's talking about.

Another shop dude told me to bring it in, he'd give me a couple of hundred for it as a trade in!....Crazy, I have DA 9 speed on it, not a scratch on the components and the bike climbs great. I've put about 500 miles on it in the last 3 years and 14,000 on the Lemond. I'd have to say the Canni is much better built and a far more solid ride than the Lemond. I think that would cost me big bucks to replace. I only use it on organized rides!
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I like the idea of using the water bottle holder. Unfortunately, it would only hold one of the lenses. Seems mounting camera bag on handlebars could be useful.
Supposedly a padded backpack is the best since your body acts like a shock absorber so your camera doesn't get all the jolts. If you're going for easier rides, a handlebar bag would do just fine I suspect.

For riding shots, I just stick to the digital point and shoot. Those compact buggers can take a beating. Mine is small enough that I keep it in one of those bento boxes mounted to the top tube. It has a velcro cover so the camera won't bounce out.
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I'd Rather be in Virginia: We had a swell ride down the Virginia Creeper Trail a few weeks ago!
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Hey I would also like to be in Virginia, Virginia Beach that is.....
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Lol. I wish. I'm just into lenses like some are into wheelsets...


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-- both good ideas, but it's cash I could have spent on bike.
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Nice job being inventive Mr.Beans.. if it works it works!

Digital photography is calling my name nowadays... I'm a Film guy! but now..
DSLR's are exellent. I have a Canon FTB with 10 lens, A Nikon f4 and a Pentax K1000 that has been dropped,kicked and drop kicked lol... and still takes pictures like a someagun..

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Great pics Mr BeanZ!
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Great pics Mr BeanZ!

Thanks!

Wow, you guys are good with the camera!
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