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    That guy from the Chi Chitown_Mike's Avatar
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    My ride last night. Farewell to my rear blinky red light that fell off at some point, I did go back around on in my car to see if I might find it. No luck, and it poured last night, so poor blinky is lost to the wet wilds of Chicago.



    Looking forward to my winter commuting adventure.....

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    I am tired of losing blinkies. I lost one in a wipeout. I lost the other mysteriously. I think someone swiped it when I was parked. I've thought about gluing it to the mount; I think that I can still change out the batteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    I am tired of losing blinkies. I lost one in a wipeout. I lost the other mysteriously. I think someone swiped it when I was parked. I've thought about gluing it to the mount; I think that I can still change out the batteries.
    It fell off once before, so I use slightly bigger screws and some glue that held the light to the clip. Alas, to no avail. It is gone.

    However my wife was concerned so I get to get something new now! Well once I sell off some of my paintball gear......anyone want some paintball gear?
    Looking forward to my winter commuting adventure.....

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    Lunch during my ride today... Chicken Salad, sans the croissant and some french onion soup. Very tasty..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
    Lunch during my ride today... Chicken Salad, sans the croissant and some french onion soup. Very tasty..

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    Very Healthy too!
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    Rolled down to Renton to pick up a new wheel from a Craigslist seller. Sometimes you gotta love CL, seller had bought the wrong size wheel, so I picked up a brand new, still in the plastic, Sun Rhyno Lyte rim laced to a grey LX hub for a whopping $25! Of course I had to detour nearly 30 miles out of my way on my ride home from work this morning to pick it up, but it's not like I don't need the exercise right?

    First a few pics from my ride into work the night before. Just as I was nearly ready to leave home a cloudburst opened up in my neighborhood. I delayed my departure by a few minutes and changed my plans of where I was going to grab a meal accordingly. I was shocked to find as I made my way in that what had fallen as rain in my neighborhood had fallen as a huge amount of hail at lower elevations to the south of me. At first I thought it was snow, but then I finally realized it was hail as the cars driving next to me kicked it over into the bike lane. As I bombed down the hill on the approach to the University Bridge I was plowing through over an inch of the stuff! At the intersections the passage of the cars has redistributed it into four inch drifts into the areas where the bikes had to be.

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    By the time I had a rolled into work, showered and changed, had a meal, and then made my way upstairs to start my shift, the storm was clearing.

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    These three shots are from Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton, the next morning after I picked up my wheel I went to this park to get a bite to eat at the waterfront Ivar's.

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    This is a historical marker. Renton Municipal airport not only has major Boeing facilities, but it also has a seaplane base that dates back to dawn of aviation. Will Rogers departed here in a seaplane trip around the world, but tragically died en route. This marker commemorates him and his co-pilot. Interestingly the land has filled in part of the lake and where this marker is, is where the seaplanes used to moor and taxi out, they left from right this spot.

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    Thought y'all might appreciate this sign I spotted on the airport perimeter road!

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    The preferred method of carrying a new wheel home! Got my schoolbooks (back in college) in the rubber bag on the other side of the front rack. Weather reports were showing 80% chance of rain, transitioning to 80% chance of thundershowers with winds out of the SW at 13-21 mph, but I lucked out and only briefly had some light rain and no wind to speak of, but I changed my planned route off of the ridge tops into the lee of them.

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    You mudflaps might be doing their job if a puddle forms off of them when you park!


    Don't know why the extra images I deleted are still showing up as thumbnails? \/
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    P1060001 by DennisLitto, on Flickr
    P1050981 by DennisLitto, on Flickr A couple of pics taken on my morning commute.
    P1050790 by DennisLitto, on Flickr Flat tire on a fun Saturday night ride with some friends.

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    Pics from some of the flooding in Chicago:
    (Sorry for such bad pictures, I haven't edited any of them and they were taken on my phone)

    Underneath all the water (about 3-5 feet of it) is a bike trail I ride all the time



    The "shallower" end of the flooded field.....those boxes are tops of full sized picnic benches.



    Bike trail usually runs across the road here.....currently under about 2-3 feet of some fast moving water



    This is up the trail from the picture above......by about 100 yards



    I have taken pictures here before during our last flood, there was MAYBE 4" of gap between the underside of the bridge and the river/lake. Also the picture above a few of the flooded field, this is on the opposite side where the trail starts to head to high ground. The other side, dry side, of the bridge was at one point under water earlier in the day, so the bridge was almost completely under itself.



    I have taken a picture before and posted in this thread from being on the other side of this old bridge when it was dry ground:



    And final pic was some of the path underwater.....and I did totally ride through this.
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    Looking forward to my winter commuting adventure.....

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    Wow^^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by iforgotmename View Post
    Wow^^^^
    WOW is right!!!
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    middle of no where...just the way I like it

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    Hello everyone,

    Unfortunately I've been AFS (away from saddle) for the past few days, but I did manage to have the picture below taken by, and placed in a local newspaper/news-site during a group ride last Sunday.
    I usually avoid these rides like the plague, and with over 1,000 participants and plenty of minor incidents, I didn't really enjoy the ride since I had to double and triple check my immediate surroundings for kids weaving on and off the sidewalks and "Sunday" cyclists which had trouble keeping pace and balance, which caused plenty of falls and even managed to knock a few riders off their bikes.

    The camera man is obviously aiming for the odd one out of the pack! lol

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    holy #$%

    I'm not sure we have that many cyclists in our entire town! Me thinks you look like a smaller version of me a few years back. Keep it up.
    I would also probably not join that huge crew. I'd be off riding somewhere alone, smiling at the fact that I had the road to myself... .

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    Rode up to Mt. Vernon this morning. Brilliant day for a ride.


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    Some pics from my commutes this week
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    Really nice photos from everyone here!


    Took your advice digibud and rode close to 50 miles this morning with only the sunshine (and heat) as my companion!

    Here's some photos of sunny Greece, just south of Athens with the temperature hovering in the mid 20's C.
    (unfortunately my cellphone has been dropped so many times these last few days causing damage to the optics and that annoying spot in the upper left corner)

    Already 15 miles into the ride at Vouliagmeni



    Just having passed Varkiza with the private and municipal beaches in view (too early for swimming!)



    You can just make out the two tunnels in the center of the pic, while the main road is to my left (I have no idea where this dirt path leads to).



    Another public beach nestled in a small bay. It's empty now (8am), but you won't be able to find a spot to lay down a hand towel, let alone a beach towel in a few hours!



    Another self portrait... I'm becoming quite good at this! lol



    Just before turning back for home with Varkiza in the far left of the picture.

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    Here's a few from Huntington Beach, CA. Went to the County's annual 'Bikefest'; its a 'kick-off' promotion that the local public transportation agency runs to get folks to bike to work/school/around neighborhoods during May ("bike to work" month). I took a few pics along the way.

    Picture of the white house is the Newland House. Originly built in 1898, it was the home to a local farmer/rancher. Now owned by the HB Historical Society. Also a bar behind it theat the City owns and leases out for speical events - 'bridezillas' almost kill each other to reserve this place for their springtime weddings.

    City Gym and Pool. Built in 1930(?) and rebuilt in 2000. Its got a basketball court, 25 yard pool, gamerooms/MP rooms, locker rooms with showers, and a kitchen.

    Bikefest. Next to the HB Pier (you'll ahve to go on the Ciy's website to see pics of that). Kind of small, but the Los Angeles area in general is a driver's paradise, so not too many bike commuters (like me!). Lots fo freebies from vendors (Trek, REI) and a few nonprofits promoting bicycle use. Strange, but the City (never one to miss a 'green' promo opportunity) AIMG_0472C.jpgAIMG_0477C.jpgAIMG_0481C.jpgdidn't promote this on their website

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    Headed out to our local MTB park to play around on the freeride trails over the weekend. Spent a lot of time practicing smooth form and landings on the mid-sized step-up jump at this particular run.
    It's about a 2-footer up from the lip of the takeoff to where I aimed on the landing step, and about 3.5 - 4 feet of total gap from lip-to-lip. Nothing monstrous like the one next to it (5' of step-up with about 8 or 9 feet of gap!) I don't even imagine hitting anything that big!

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    Did the ride into DC today. Another perfect day for a ride.


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    nothing special, but I do want to share my new ride. I am a newbie but since Friday when I got this puppy for a b-day gift, I have logged in 18 miles. Whoooo Hooooo!!!
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    Here's one from yesterday. I was real proud of myself for conquering this one, especially after I nearly face-planted three times while attempting it. It was probably my biggest accomplishment on a bicycle within the past 25 years. The feeling of conquering this one made me feel just like a kid again. I hadn't had such a feeling of accomplishment since I was 12 or 13 years old, the first time I conquered "Devil's Pit," which was the "big jump" at the neighborhood park.

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    no picture from today's ride 8.91 miles ride number 3: But I did see a battle between two vultures for a deer carcass in a ditch. they must have gotten spooked as i rode by since one of them followed me fo about 300 feet; about 20 feet away right above my left shoulder. those are some ugly birds.

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    My daily commute bike('09 FUJI Newest 1.0) is also my Century
    and weekend club rides bike. Here it is from last Saturday's trip
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    nothing fancy but went for a nice 4.3 mile ride this evening and improved my average speed, so i am happy:

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    The last few days dropped a ton of rain on my area. Couple that with a brand new trail and it made for about an hour worth of riding through everything from small bodies of water to quicksand.



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