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Old 05-19-10, 04:34 AM   #1
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bikes and other hobbies.

I commute to work on my bike but also enjoy biking on my days off. I enjoy going to out of the way places to practice my photography. My bike allows me to cover lots of ground fast, and i can go to places i normally wouldn't go and see things I normally would miss. I was wondering how the bicycle fits into other hobbies people have.
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Old 05-19-10, 05:24 AM   #2
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My bike is used from time to time for my birdwatching. I can cover several miles with binoculars, etc., and still be able to hear and see birds along a path. They don't don't seem to be too bothered by the bike approaching. I also ride my bike to yoga class when weather permits.

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Old 05-19-10, 09:03 PM   #3
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I like to eat. Cycling builds up an appetite.
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I like to eat with complete disregard for calories, fat content, nutritive value, and portion size. Cycling builds up an appetite.
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I too enjoy time in the kitchen, meticulously crafting rich, gourmet fuel for the engine. Being a roadie & a foodie (hate that word but like it or not, it's gaining currency) dovetail nicely.
Am also a motorcyclist, which is great for finding new routes, trips for riding, AND for bike-handling skills. 58mph on a bicycle feels pretty tame compared to XXX, ahem, on a motorcycle. Also building & truing a set of wheels is childsplay compared to adjusting the valves on a modern shim-under-bucket modern engine, which requires removing the fuel tank, airbox, carburetors, various hoses, wires, and the cam.





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I'm also into photography and I like to fish a lot.
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Am also a motorcyclist, which is great for finding new routes, trips for riding, AND for bike-handling skills. 58mph on a bicycle feels pretty tame compared to XXX, ahem, on a motorcycle.
where is the 140 miles of twisties located? The nicest I've driven is the tail of the dragon, conveniently close to my parents house. I understand its closed temporarily to fix some landslide issues.
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where is the 140 miles of twisties located? The nicest I've driven is the tail of the dragon, conveniently close to my parents house. I understand its closed temporarily to fix some landslide issues.
The Dragon and Blueridge are indeed great, but the best roads I've ever ridden in the country are up in Northern California. Better than Southern Cal, better than Blue Ridge, and even better than Colorado. No foolin'.
That particular road is Highway 36, between Red Bluff and Humboldt, CA. According to lore, the whole road crew was waiting for the earth-moving equipment. They were losing money waiting for the bulldozers to get through, so they simply lay the road around the counters of the land instead of making cuts. The result is there are a lot of unpredictable, decreasing radius turns, and several turns that apex at the peak of a little hill, so it's pretty thrilling. AND the asphalt quality is terrific. ANNND because it's such an annoying road for cars, there's very little traffic on it.
And there are several other great, great roads up that region, like Lassen Volcanic Park, Trinity River Valley, and Highway 1 along the coast, but 36 is easily the greatest motorcycle road I've ever been on. Just watch for deer and those corners that suddenly get sharp on you!


Big Sur Hwy is pretty cool too, if you can make it early morning on a weekday in the off-season. (It tends to fill up with RVs otherwise.)
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I too enjoy time in the kitchen, meticulously crafting rich, gourmet fuel for the engine. Being a roadie & a foodie (hate that word but like it or not, it's gaining currency) dovetail nicely.
Am also a motorcyclist, which is great for finding new routes, trips for riding, AND for bike-handling skills. 58mph on a bicycle feels pretty tame compared to XXX, ahem, on a motorcycle. Also building & truing a set of wheels is childsplay compared to adjusting the valves on a modern shim-under-bucket modern engine, which requires removing the fuel tank, airbox, carburetors, various hoses, wires, and the cam.




Gotta give you big props on the motorcycle!!

I do a little ridin too, but can't turn a wrench even in the smallest sense...

Safe ride to you,
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The Dragon and Blueridge are indeed great, but the best roads I've ever ridden in the country are up in Northern California. Better than Southern Cal, better than Blue Ridge, and even better than Colorado. No foolin'.
That particular road is Highway 36, between Red Bluff and Humboldt, CA. According to lore, the whole road crew was waiting for the earth-moving equipment. They were losing money waiting for the bulldozers to get through, so they simply lay the road around the counters of the land instead of making cuts. The result is there are a lot of unpredictable, decreasing radius turns, and several turns that apex at the peak of a little hill, so it's pretty thrilling. AND the asphalt quality is terrific. ANNND because it's such an annoying road for cars, there's very little traffic on it.
And there are several other great, great roads up that region, like Lassen Volcanic Park, Trinity River Valley, and Highway 1 along the coast, but 36 is easily the greatest motorcycle road I've ever been on. Just watch for deer and those corners that suddenly get sharp on you!


Big Sur Hwy is pretty cool too, if you can make it early morning on a weekday in the off-season. (It tends to fill up with RVs otherwise.)
On the east coast in Virgina, they got some super tech curves on a road call Rt211, when I was bangin it on the streets, I use to there all the time. We talking about 50 to 60 curves right tight together and mixture of off-camber, decreasin radius, double apex. Then a little further down the line, in West Virginia, they have the might West 33. two to three mountains right together with the same tech curves I mentioned above.

The next level is the racetrack..

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Old 05-20-10, 05:08 PM   #12
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- Cycling
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- Crossfit

Sucks to wake up in the morning and have to decide between the 3.....although I could take my GF1 on my rides.
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- Cycling
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No way to mix those, and both are less fun in windy weather.
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