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Old 09-04-18, 11:23 AM
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Monday, Labor Day, 9/3/18 Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail (one-way) Hinsdale, NH to Keene, NH
temp in the shade 88, but predictions were for the 90s & feels like in the 100s!

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GPS 199-141 New Hampshire Route 63 Hinsdale, NH
(fyi this is several miles South of Hinsdale Ctr)
Route 63 is also called Northfield Road

10:43 am left car at dirt lot
11:53 am 6.8 miles to covered bridge
12:28 pm 9.6 miles to mud-hole trail-block
1:08 pm 13.3 miles to High Banks Monadnock Speedway
1:17 pm Coombs Bridge Rd (no sign of store for water)
2:02 pm 21.7 miles to Keene State athletic complex outdoor facility
2:10 pm on overpass near junction of routes 12 & 10
2:20 pm arrived Keene McDonald's next to Wendy's
22.8 miles
20.7 mph max
9 avrg
2 hrs 30 min saddle time
trip duration approx 3.5 hrs

3:21 pm in a taxi w bike heading to parking lot
4:00 pm back at car (whew!)

made the right decision to bail. maybe I can do the whole thing round trip another day ...

had to switch bags so thought it would be interesting to use my new travel pod & record what I carry ...


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follow-up, did this yesterday in 88 degree weather. shaded, but still hot. wow, that's a long way to go without pavement & yes it is a bit sketchy in parts. I'll come back to edit this but met a cpl guys who did the whole round trip on fat bikes, well done guys! but after 3.5 hrs of sightseeing (22.8 miles or dirt, grass, sand, mud, incl a giant mud hole requiring a difficult climb around with the bike, stone dust & gravel), I bailed the bike for a taxi back to my car! thank you John w/"Adventure Taxi". that back seat was juuuust big enough for the bike w/o front wheel. catching a ride back to my car, should have been my plan from the start. that a/c seat in the Keene NH McDonalds was great. stretching two water bottles over the whole distance, was just that, a stretch. caution to anyone else doing this trail. there are no places to buy water along the route

there's no shortage! especially no shortage of sketchy bridges! yikes, most have no side rails so you could ride right off the side! the the rotting bottoms have some visible nails (& holes), so watch out!
the covered bridge was beautiful, tho! visiting it def added some time to my trip. I rode up & down & both sides for pics & vids. some ppl were dipping their toes in the water. so jealous, it was so hot!

several old rail cars along the way & I found a small piece of coal when I climbed around a mud hole, have to go dig it out of my bag! some of the old bldgs were a but sketchy so I wouldn't encourage anyone to linger that area too long. if I recall the old mills? were south of the covered bridge

pretty trail & come the fall will be gorgeous! & having the river right there is a lovely plus! man it was so hot I kept looking for a place to jump in but there really aren't any "beaches" that I could see

another interesting landscape feature (& where I found the coal) was a weird hill I had to traverse to get around the mud hole

the maps make it look like the trail is further from the road & maybe it does, but the end I investigated looks like it's more intentional. you can see the parking lot from the end of the trail. riding that area keeps you out of a farmer's field

if a tree is down, you either go under or over it. for one of them I had to lift the bike high over a tree about waist high, then crawl under, one was high enough to tilt & go under. doing this in snowy conditions will not be fun. if it has been dry & only very cold & everything is frozen hard w no ice, this could be a fun winter trail

lots of the trail was good. an abbreviated run could be just to the covered bridge & back. should also be safe in all conditions

in general: wider tires are better (40 mm or wider) lots of sandy spots. perfect trail for fatbikes but required for dry conditions like this. add lots of rain or or some snow & things will get sketchy quickly in some spots. including plain sand along the power lines. sometimes the soil is soft & loose, or maybe it's just dark sand? dunno but had to air down for an easier ride

there are lots of landscape changes

aired down the Riddlers (which I love) for the softer stuff, but when I do I develop a slow leak. weird. I should just get wider wheels or another mike like the Marin Muirwoods! oh yeah! or maybe I shouldn't let out so much air? it was when the taxi showed up that I realized the rear tire was low.

since I had 2 cams in the pouch, the phone rode in the side pocket. I'm liking this bag!

no cleats today! just some old hikers & my trusty DIY 1/2 clips!

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picked up a used entry level mountain bike for short money. should be interesting to see where it takes me. gonna mess w tires, rack, saddle, fenders etc. gotta sell two bikes now to make room cuz this will take the place of those hybrids. disc brakes should be interesting









these are 40mm tires, got some 2.25s coming any day now




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9/15/18 cloudy & humid. temps in the 70s. nice late summer ride w Wifey Bedford to Arlington & back just under 18 miles. her 1st ride after breaking her wrist on her 1st ride of the summer 7/4/18




good to get out on the new to me bike, a GT Timberline 1.0 29r. should be good for a year or two ... the more I'm learning about this bike & this one in particular, the more I'm not psyched. but it was practically free so there must be some way to get my money's worth out of it ... we shall see ...


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got the 2.25 Riddlers mounted up. disappointed to discover these wheels are narrower than the Trek 7.0 Alpha. the Nanos mounted up nice so I might keep the FX after all. spec for the tire says minimum inside width suggested for these is 19mm but I measured 18 mm. I forget what the FX wheels were, but they are wider! 40 psi in the back, 30 psi in the front. test ride in the parking lot seemed fine. when closely inspecting the sidewall for pressure rating I saw a tiny rotation arrow so I was able to mount the front correctly. too tired to remount the rear. not sure it would make an appreciable difference to me riding it backwards. might switch it around but in no hurry





gonna do the fenders before the rack cuz I want to mount the rack as low as possible. I have a plan to get around the rear disc brake

de-burred the middle front chain ring & gave the drive train a cleaning. think it needs more tho

chain suck appears to be gone





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falling temps in the 60s wore 2 long sleeve layers & gloves after work for a ride around the perimeter roads at the Assabet River Sanctuary. no chain issues & tires didn't fall off the rims, so guess I'm good to proceed to the next levels with the bike. fenders came in but wanted to get out as soon as possible

6pm home from work
6:30 headed down to the river
7:13 finished the loop & headed home
7:26pm home again
approx 9 miles maybe a smidge over?

think the psi I used was good. for a longer gravel ride I mite let out another 1 lb front & rear, naybe 2 more up front. I'll see how they feel when I take it out again w/o topping them off

put some Teflon lube on a paper towel & wiped the pistons. squeak seems to be gone too





since the rack isn't on yet I quickly mounted my rear strobe this way



think it worked pretty well for when I was on the road. it the woods it was off



also, since no rack, no trunk. I strapped the Magicshine battery to the top tube. hmmm, worked pretty well!



used this old but useful accessory to carry the really big! spare tube. used my blue fanny pack to carry the essential tube repair stuff incl co2 & inflator. no pump tho, omg! should throw on the frame mount for that I guess



knew the jaunt would be rough so I used the helmet mount. wanted to try out the new helmet but didn't want to take time to figure out a new mounting situation. tried to keep the cam on most of the ride just in case I spotted a critter, like last year's coyote, but no luck this time


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got the fenders & rack on









made a cpl clamps to size w a wedge of rubber. these held the breakaway tabs





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the back had 2 issues

there was inadequate room for the fender between the seat tube & tire. there was inadequate room between the brake bridge & tire. so I cut the fender at the brake bridge & mounted it as high as possible. I may still trim the slot on the bracket to raise it another 1 or 2 mm




the very nice & robust fender stay had a clip point way in the back, which even if I used p-clamps would be too horizontal to provide any use support, I think. also I think I remember the stays weren't even long enough to do that. so I mounted up the rack to see if there was some way to have it help stabilize the rear from flapping. turned out to be easy enough to make a vertical brace

going to have to find a way to keep the front derailer clean



got around the disc brake mechanism but just mounting one of the add-on rack stays with a p-clamp. it's not parallel with the opposing rack stay so that's a little weird but don't think it will be an issue in anyway. in theory I don't need the stays at all

getting lots of use out of this old seat post rack. was thinking about removing the extension but since I sometimes load up my truck bag so it's tall, I left the extension so the trunk would never conflict with the saddle



not particularly happy with the rear fender line so over time if I can adjust that, I will

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these are the fenders I hoped would install easily. but wound up taking a cpl hours, several tools, & various parts not included in the kit. I do like the front break away tabs very much tho. I'd bet they might have worked if I stayed with the 40mm tires the previous owner had on the bike. haha but no way that was gonna happen!

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I think most ppl don't put fenders on this style 29er MTB. & maybe I didn't need a rear fender at all since I have this rack back there

test ride in the parking lot last night was perfect but time for an obligatory field test IRL. a torture test to see if I can shake anything loose

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approx 20 miles round trip, temps in the 60s
SNETT Wallum Lake Rd in Douglass, MA
to Airline in CT, 121 Riverside Drive Thompson, CT

10 am left house
11 am arrived parking lot
11:43 started ride
12:41 reached turnaround
1:00 pm headed back to car
2:22 pm back at car















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fenders and rack performed as expected but I think I will raise them another cpl millimeters



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new helmet checks out. should be fun on the road


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