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    Winter blues and winter projects

    I have just returned from 8 days in Virginia and North Carolina back to Pennsylvania...and i could just scream. Down there, the temps were in the 30s but the roads are clear! Here, i have 2.5 miles of ice/snow packed roads to travel before i even hit a hard pack road that i can ride on and they are filled with salt and scree, and still solid ice and snow on the berms. I am cracking up this year from the weather. Moving south, I am pretty sure. So the winter blues are kicking me when i am done.
    So i still have my projects. I am currently acquiring my parts for a touring build up. I have almost all parts except wheels and frameset...two major ones. But the frameset i want is a Carmaugh from Velo Orange. I think, for me at least, it will meet every requirement of a hard working bike when i am finished. Although i have been tempted to get a VO pass hunter or even one of the New Albion Privateers to finish the build.
    What other winter projects are people working?

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    I bought what I believe is a never ridden 2003 Fuji Roubaix Pro frameset that I built up with a 5700 compact group over the winter (well over a weekend). I've been so cooped up here in MN that I've started enjoying and looking forward to trainer sessions.

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    Senior Member pamaguahiker's Avatar
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    I envy people that can deal with indoor exercise. i just can't do it. I took up hunting which i hadn't done since 17 years old just to walk in the woods over and over. It's been horrible hear. The snow we have been getting has been horrible to cross country ski in also...changing conditions, melting little by day, ice crust overnight, etc.

    I am hoping to get my frame soon and start the build. Til then, i think i have redone and checked over every other bike at least twice...and that is quite a few bikes!

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    I have fellow Bar Flies I go hang out with ..


    and a Vigil for Peace , every Friday evening since 2003, I attend.

    earlier I got some CrMo steel tube , and got the steel front Brompton bag carry rack I had Modified
    to be a cargo rack without the bag ..

    bought and installed a new wheel and wired lights on by Brommy ..

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    Senior Member pamaguahiker's Avatar
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    The vigil for peace is probably time well spent. Peaceful, and invigorating as well as respectful! Compliments! Well, i decided to break out of the winter doldrums....I geared up and headed out. Dressed a little warm, loaded up my pack, grabbed the old Bianchi, and took bread to my goose. He wasn't using his one leg at the end of the fall and while all the other geese flew off...he stayed behind. He was hobbling around quite roughly and i didn't think he would make it through the multiple below weather we've had here....so i started tending to him. He loves me! Or...he loves the bread. lol. I should add...he has full use of his legs now and i have seen him fly also. He healed up nicely.






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    This weekend looks promising. I was able to get out last weekend but the park trails are snow and ice covered. I am in Md and we shall see how the riding is. Most of the snow is gone now but the current crop of potholes has taken its place. You need 29r wheels to travel some routes. Hoping to finish installing my new Paul Canti-Brakes tonight. Man these things are a complete pain in the A&#6&* to setup.

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    same back wind the return spring, with an open end wrench

    and hold the the tension setting tightening the fixing bolt ..
    with an Allen wrench, as U brakes were 20+ years ago.

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    That ice on the lake in the back of my pic is said to be 26 inches thick in some areas. Some ole codger who is there everyday was telling me it was the coldest winter ever for him to fish and the ice was thicker than ever before. But...he also walked to school uphill in both directions in 3 foot of snow, barefoot....

    To be able to XC ski in the a.m. and bike in the same day was exciting. The roads are still dicey though around here. There are many spots still cover and black ice. When coming up with decisions to purchase new brakes for my new upcoming build. I debated about Paul brakes. I chose a different direction but i did consider them. I am still trying to decide if my decision to get a VO Carmague is overkill and i should opt for something a bit more mild mannered like the New Albion Privateer or even the VO passhunter...I mean, the Carmague will be perfect when i head out to do bike camping with my wife, but i am sure i could do just the same with the other two bikes mentioned. It was sort of like choosing between the Bridgestone RBT or the XO years ago. I went with a Bianchi Project bike then and a Bianchi Equinox. I miss the Equinox!

    Up til last year, i was using a converted Bianchi cross frameset (last of the cromo ones) and it is a great frame, but it is made for cross! The wheel flop and handling was bad for any loaded riding. I mean, it worked. Just not the best.

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