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Old 01-06-09, 05:19 PM   #1
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Good Weather For Bike Ride!

Earlier today, I was thinking to myself that I spend more time on the computer reading , and writing to others about bicycles MORE than doing some actual riding Shame on me!

Sooo...I decided to go out for a ride through the neighborhood, and enjoy this wonderful weather we are having here in Florida.

On the way home, I stopped at the neighborhood supermarket to get some "goodies" for the evening.

Life is Good!



Beautiful Lake Susana. I can see this lake from the window that's in front of my computer.



Same place.



I didn't get the angle of the camera right, but that area where I was parked at, overlooks another lake called "Lake Baldwin". It is twice the size of Lake Susana.



Yes, living on the "good side" of town has it's benefits.

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Old 01-06-09, 11:00 PM   #2
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OK - I'm jealous! Nothing but ice and snow here for the last month. This is the coldest winter in the last 20 years or so. Drivers going too fast so I don't feel save in a mid-sized SUV. No way I'm going to break out a tiny bike with studded tires.

Take a nice long ride for me and everyone else stuck with snow, ice, and freezing rain.

Enough self pity. Time to suck it up and throw the folder in the back of the car and go for lunch-time rides. If nothing else it is amazingly pretty around here. The weather keeps out the riff-raft...

I am looking forward to days where it is light at 7am and 5pm and the roads aren't covered with slush or road gri from the county sanding operations... Early March... just have to make it another few weeks....
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I took my folder out today...

It was 0 F, the roads were covered in snow, slush, and ice and I loved every minute of it.

It has been brutally cold for the past week and 0 F is actually a huge improvement.
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"Pine Cone", and "Sixty Fiver":

Hang in there guys. I'm certain it's going to be a lovely Spring!

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I am looking forward to days where it is light at 7am and 5pm and the roads aren't covered with slush or road gri from the county sanding operations... Early March... just have to make it another few weeks....
The 55N line of latitude goes through my garden. Up here in mid-winter, it is barely light by 8AM and is dark by 4PM. On the other side, in June, you can read a newspaper outside at about 11PM and it is light at 4 in the morning. It's a funny old world, aint it?

Edwong takes some nice pictures, doesn't he?
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Old 01-07-09, 05:22 AM   #6
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Edwong takes some nice pictures, doesn't he?
Thanks EvilV! In the future I'll try to get more of the surrounding environment, more so than my bike. I'm certain everyone here KNOWS what my QD VSTII looks like.

In addition, you'll be seeing more of my new Flying Pigeon on some of my future photos. I plan to ride it more often.

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Thank you for posting a nice reminder of how lucky we both are living in a more temperate climate. Too bad the balance will shift soon as the hot especially humid weather comes in later this year. Then those living up north will have their own time in the sun happily cycling away.
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Hi Ed, I enjoyed the weather yesterday too on the hills of Clermont. I pretended the Halfway was a single speed and stayed in top gear. The hills were more tough than usual, but doable.

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Southern hemisphere here, so our summer is your winter up north. Edwongs pics really made me want to ride... so I did, on my mini-velo.

Here's my favourite trail, about a 12km loop from my house involving varied terrain of loose gravel 3km, hardpack dirt 2km, and about 2.5kms of elevated boardwalk over wet marshland around the perimeter of a large estuary. I have to ride about 4.5km of paved road to get there and back.

A bit cloudy and hazy today, but a very warm and lovely ride.





<edit: I measured the track with a trip meter and added the distances>

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Phil, Folder Fanatic, and Pocko,

Thanks for sharing your impressions of riding in this great climate!

Today however, it was a bit of a different story, and Phil could probably back me on this. Here in Central Florida, we had some wicked winds, and scattered thundershowers/storms during the late morning, and mid afternoon. Didn't look good for riding at all.

I stayed home for the most part except for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours, in which I took a bus to attend a job interview. The interview was over by 3:45 p.m. EST, and as I walked to the bus stop on Colonial Drive (Orlando, FL), the wind started to pick up again! It was blowing at my back, and I felt like I was being pushed by someone! Even my briefcase was getting unwieldy in my hand, and the sky was very dark too

Luckily, I got home in time as I felt some light drops, but I don't think it actually poured like it had done earlier in the day.

Tomorrow's forecast? Sunny! And that means getting some quality pedaling time!

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Here's a shot of the bike from the other day. Ed, yeah I stayed in yesterday. It's supposed to be sunny today, but not as warm, only 73F...

What country are you in Pocko?

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^ New Zealand, my friend!
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Hey Everyone!

As predicted, today's weather was very nice again. Temperatures were cool, and it was somewhat breezy, and sometimes outright WINDY! I decided to ride around the lakes in my area on my Flying Pigeon. One thing that is notice-able is that I have removed the fenders, and the rear rack from the bike. I was surprised to find out that those parts were actually steel. This brought down the weight to just under 25 lbs! Not bad for a $120 folder!

Anyway, I live in an area of Orlando, FL that used to be a US Naval training facility years ago. It is now all houses, and businesses. It's known as "Baldwin Park". In fact, it's almost like a small town of it's very own.

I love this place!

Here are some of the photos from today's ride:



That is the back yard facing Lake Susannah. I live in an apartment on the second floor.



Riding down the street where I live towards the bike trail.



I decided to stop on the side and snap another photo of the lake.



Onward bound!



This building is available for leasing. Anyone interested?



And we continue on our merry way!

To be continued...
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...Continuation



The trail arrives at Lake Baldwin. It is located directly north of Lake Susannah, and is roughly twice the area.



This is one of the two docks on Lake Baldwin. It has three benches to sit, with a canopy over head. It was so windy that I was afraid my bike would be knocked over. Several months ago, my Qile Duo folder was knocked over in that same spot, and broke an expensive "Mountain Miracle" mirror.



This is looking in the direction from the start of that dock. The building in the photo is a restaurant. I think it's a steak, and seafood place. It sure smells good everytime I'm around there. Just about all those restaurants have tables outside to enjoy the great weather, and good food!



Now that is GREEN grass if I ever saw some. It was sprayed with some type of dye by those workers up ahead. I should have stopped to ask them what that compound was. The fancy building to the left is Travelers, the famous insurance company. Don't know if there's other businesses there.



Another view of Lake Baldwin, as I move along.



Fleet Peebles Park. This park is famous for the fact that it is for the dogs. Well dog owners can take their beloved pets to run around, and get some fresh air.

To be continued...
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...Continuation



Here is a view of Fleet Peebles Park. If you look close enough, you might be able to see a few dogs running around.



On the Northeastern side of Lake Baldwin, there is a park dedicated to our war veterans. They just built this cute little gazebo. Nice "garage" for my folder.



This is a view of New Broadstreet. This particular area is known as the "Village Center" here in Baldwin Park. I call it the "downtown" of Baldwin Park.



As I said before, living in the good side of town has it's benefits.

This is by no means all the photos I took today. Somehow, not all the images made it to my computer.

I hope you've had a great day whether you were riding today, or not.

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^ Beaut place... perfect for a folder ride!

Where are all the people?

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Ed - yeah, where are all the people? The bike looks good without the rack and fenders. I did the same thing to my bike yesterday (see pic above).

Pocko - I came across a website for your bike today. IIRC it said it wasn't coming out til later this year??...or maybe I'm confusing it with something else.
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Phil, and Pocko,

There were people all over...but since it was mid afternoon, most were at work I presume.

One thing I did forget to mention was that when I rode in front of the docks on Lake Baldwin, there was a group of people on Segways. I stopped to say hi, and one of them, a woman gave me a brochure about their company. It's called "Sweet Glides", and they're located here in Baldwin Park, offering guided Segway tours of up to 2 hours duration. The website is of course, http://www.sweetglides.com Check it out...it's really cool.

Phil: Yes I noticed that you had removed the fenders, and the rack off your bike. I did that to mine last night, so we must have had the same idea. I do agree that the bikes look "better" that way. My Qile Duo however will remain "fully clothed" with it's fenders, and rack. It is my "workhorse" so to speak.

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Pocko - I came across a website for your bike today. IIRC it said it wasn't coming out til later this year??...or maybe I'm confusing it with something else.
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Pocko - I came across a website for your bike today. IIRC it said it wasn't coming out til later this year??...or maybe I'm confusing it with something else.
The bike I used during my boardwalk ride is an early design prototype. I think the final production version of the bike will be released later this year... probably after the Taipei Bike Show.

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Another gorgeous day here in Florida. Ed, I found an R20 today! After I bought it I went to Siesta Key Beach:


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Phil,

Great find! And what a gorgeous day it was. Perfect for the day you finally found an R20!

I posted a short answer to your thread announcing you had bought an R20.

Thanks for posting those photos.

Keep us posted.

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