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    Today, for a birthday treat, I rode across the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge and down the Riverfront Trail to the St. Louis Archgrounds. It wasn't an auspicious start, when my lower back went "sproing" as I lifted my bicycle onto the bike rack, giving me the gift of extreme lower back twinges for the rest of the day.


    Because of my back, I didn't get started as early as I wished, so I had to forgo the little side trip across the McKinley Bridge. I somehow managed to get the bike off the rack at the parking lot without need for medical assistance. Medical assistance would have been available though, since there was an emergency vehicle from the fire department there. I don't know what the problem was, but there was a bus and a crowd of Mennonites. I should'a taken a picture of that...


    ANYHOO...



























    CRW_0511 by goofus_maximus, on Flickr
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    I enjoyed the pictures. I hadn't realized that St. Louis was now a ghost town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
    Sounds good. Here is my tribute to you:

    OMG ... Long lost brothers?

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    Wheels by h2oxtc, on Flickr

    No ride today - was visiting my son in Toronto and saw this window display. More interesting is that its not a bike shop.
    That's a great picture! I like the contrast between the circular wheels and the right angles reflected in the window.

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    I really love this thread... the diversity of photos is amazing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Sawyer View Post
    I've thought of doing that myself, as it's only about the same from my house to the office.

    The thing that makes me hesitate is that with the extra commuting time, plus the time to shower and change before getting to my desk, then changing out of work clothes into something suitable for riding home after work would add over 3 hours to my day. The upside is that I'd quickly learn to ride in the dark - and the cold!
    Instead of showering in the AM, I generally shower at night before bedtime. So no shower when I arrive at work ... I just let myself cool off and dry out. That's pretty much what every other bike commuter in the office does too.

    But you are right ... there is a lot of ancillary time ... changing in and out of bike clothes (twice) ... packing and unpacking stuff ... and that does add up. It probably does add three hours to my day altogether.

    The way I figure it, the other option is 1-1.5 hours commuting by car plus an hour in the health club everyday. To me, it's worth the extra hour to spend it on my bike. Health clubs are OK, but ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bierbaum View Post


    Now that's a cool road sign.
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    The glory days of Art Deco.

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    I sometimes go to the old Chain of Rocks Bridge on my lunch breaks.
    more cops have been killed by donuts than guns in chicago it is a medical fact ask any doctor.

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    Tonight's ride pic:
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    What are all those cards plastered all over the spokes?

    Oh, and doing 25 miles, with many uphill sections, after your lower back goes "SPROING", is NOT recommended. And I've learned to love those back-brace belts.
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    On the commute home:

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    During my coffee break on today's ride, I was treated to a high-altitude dog fight between a raven and an osprey. Got a great shot (jk) of it, I think I'll send it in to the Audubon society:

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    Great Job!
    Join the fight to stop Diabetes! You can help improve the lives of those living with this disease!Sponsor me in the 2012 Tour de Cure in Redmond Washington!


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    This is still one of my favorites I have taken. It was a case of horn envy..


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    Bad case of oversteer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bierbaum View Post
    Bad case of oversteer?


    Tonight's ride pic: Me and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price during a Rolling Town Hall
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandenjs View Post
    This is still one of my favorites I have taken. It was a case of horn envy..

    Bet he's full of bull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bierbaum View Post
    Bad case of oversteer?
    Best one yet.

    Great picture too, BTW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bierbaum View Post
    Bad case of oversteer?
    Looks more like understeer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
    On the commute home:

    With a ride home or to work like this, it kind of makes a bad day at work seem insignificant. I'm envious, not that we don't have a beautiful area to ride, but the west coast is gorgeous!

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    Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
    I enjoyed the pictures. I hadn't realized that St. Louis was now a ghost town.
    Well, St. Louis isn't a ghost town, but the Archgrounds sure can be, since it's a bit... convoluted to get from Downtown to the Arch and back again. They're going to be trying to remedy that now.

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    Just kidding about St. Louis being a ghost town -- there's no one around in your photos.

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    Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island.

    I worked in the cafeteria at the Cold Spring Harbor Lab one summer (right across the harbor from your bike, right?).

    The staff used to get rowdy, and one night, another guy and I were swinging one of the girls, about to pitch her off the sea wall out into the water. Then I said "Wait a second..." and I looked out and noticed that it was low tide -- no water. I still have nightmares about what would have happened if we hadn't stopped.
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    This has nothing to do with cycling of course, but given the demographic here, I thought you all might enjoy it.

    A wizened old patent attorney gave me this to remind me that sometimes, little errors can have big consequences. For those of you not in the know, a "spectrum analyzer" is an expensive piece of test equipment kinda like an oscilloscope, that shows a signals spectral (frequency) content as a function of time. WESCON is the test equipment geek convention.

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    Coming down from Col de la Madone on friday in great summer temps and walking with my wife in more autumnly Norway today, sunday. Had a good ride this morning and did not feel all that let down by the prospect of not riding in shorts for some months. Had a great two weeks riding and swimming near Menton.


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    Fall has landed in So Cal and the weather has been perfect. About 75 degrees, long shadows, clear blue skies and fluffy white clouds. I generally do a climb on my mountain bike in Chino Hills State Park on SUndays... ran across this guy... he came out of the bushes in front of me and then climbed up on the bank and posed... I saw 2 others later on and several coyotes... active wildlife day. Coming down the Canyon trail I was just enjoying the lovely weather (last weekend it was Africa hot!).

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    Yea he is annoyed.jpg

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