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Had a great time on Sunday at the monthly Velo-Retro Ride in Pasadena, CA.

Old 09-08-20, 05:24 PM
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I really want to do this ride sometime. I am self employed and Mondays are usually hectic and I go in super early. So after riding and then driving back to Santa Paula in L.A. traffic it is a bit much. I thought this past weekend would’ve been perfect with my customers closed on Monday , but when I saw the forecast I knew it wouldnt fly for me. Then with the smoke....
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Originally Posted by mech986 View Post
Hopefully when things get better all around, we’ll see you at a future ride.

Everyone, Snap some pics of potential bikes you would ride with us at future Velo-Retro rides.
Cool. yes, I am in Venice, so....hop skip and a jump. I haven't seen any Bridgestones yet...well, when I have 10 posts I'll upload a photo.
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Looks like a fun ride! I'll join some time! I think the PCC flea market is the same day of the month (though it's not happening right now because of the pandemic). Seems like a great combination. You may see me riding with an old gramophone or similar strapped to my back!
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Originally Posted by Kabuki12 View Post
I really want to do this ride sometime. I am self employed and Mondays are usually hectic and I go in super early. So after riding and then driving back to Santa Paula in L.A. traffic it is a bit much. I thought this past weekend would’ve been perfect with my customers closed on Monday , but when I saw the forecast I knew it wouldnt fly for me. Then with the smoke....
the 101 on Saturday was not killer Save Calabasas but 110 through most of the Valley... will ignore Woodland Hills... scary.
Sunday found me in Ventura in the AM
took the coast back South, So, so much cooler.

trouble for the ride is 1hr+ each way in addition to the ride... gobbles up a big chunk of a Sunday.
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the 101 on Saturday was not killer Save Calabasas but 110 through most of the Valley... will ignore Woodland Hills... scary.
Sunday found me in Ventura in the AM
took the coast back South, So, so much cooler.

trouble for the ride is 1hr+ each way in addition to the ride... gobbles up a big chunk of a Sunday.
Yea, I have had not so bad traffic and really bad traffic . It seems random but most times coming home from down south in the afternoon is brutal. My Sunday, sometimes my only day off to spend with my wife, would be done. I ride most every Sunday and I am in Santa Paula so somewhat rural riding . It gives me mental floss( quoting Jimmy Buffet) and good physical exercise. I really enjoy riding with other classics at a reasonable pace . That is why this ride will happen at some point with me. I like Bartly(mech986) , I met him at an Eroica a few years back and would love to ride with him and the other folks. If I knew he was going , I would certainly bring my ItalVega , otherwise it would be my Medici. Perhaps at some future date I could meet others in Southern California.
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Originally Posted by scarlson View Post
I had a problem like that once! If there is indeed a crack there (and there might not be), the framebuilder probably just didn't fill the lug all the way. The tubes will be likely fine underneath. Easily fixed, just grind the cracked lug away with an angle grinder and build a fillet in its place. Rustoleum over it and nobody will know.





Nice job on that fix. I am not sure the braze is strong enough for every day riding especially on less than perfect roads. The head tube seems to be a place that sees a lot of stress. My friend had a 1987 Schwinn Circuit that he had crashed head on with a car. The only visual evidence of the wreck was a "taco" front wheel which he replaced. He rode that bike almost every day for a year or so after the crash(and a new set of wheels!) . Then one day he was cruising up State street and he felt what he thought was a flat tire. It turned out that the head tube had a spiral break through the tube which could have been disaster to the rider under different circumstances. There is a lot of force on these frames. Joe
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Nice job on that fix. I am not sure the braze is strong enough for every day riding especially on less than perfect roads. The head tube seems to be a place that sees a lot of stress. My friend had a 1987 Schwinn Circuit that he had crashed head on with a car. The only visual evidence of the wreck was a "taco" front wheel which he replaced. He rode that bike almost every day for a year or so after the crash(and a new set of wheels!) . Then one day he was cruising up State street and he felt what he thought was a flat tire. It turned out that the head tube had a spiral break through the tube which could have been disaster to the rider under different circumstances. There is a lot of force on these frames. Joe
This one felt like a flat tire too. If there are cracks in the tubes, for sure it's a different story. A failure in *just the lug* because the lug wasn't filled completely when the frame was built, often leaves the tubes intact. One must inspect the tubes carefully. As long as there aren't any cracks in the tubes themselves, this is just the same thing as a fillet brazed frame now. I am commuting on this daily with heavy loads, through Somerville and Cambridge, which are famous for potholes (one old German said it was worse than postwar Berlin). The frame has been fine for a year now. I will let you know if it breaks.
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I just love this! I wish there was interest in c & v here in north ga.
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I just love this! I wish there was interest in c & v here in north ga.
It only takes 1 to start the movement...well maybe 2 ...so find a friend and start inviting others to join in on the fun....Facebook cycling group?
Best, Ben
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yeah you will recognize my ride as it's a 62cm RB-1. seen here with my sister's 54.5cm on Solvang Century years ago.
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Evacuations ordered near our Velo-Retro Route.

If you are familiar with our route, we ride northward on Second Street in Arcadia east of Santa Anita Blvd. We pass under the 210 near Huntington Blvd. then Foothill Blvd, then north to a left turn westward at E. sycamore, over the Santa Anita Wash and turn right northward on Highland Oaks for about 3/4 mile climb, left on Virginia, then right on Oakwood to Sierra Madre Blvd. There’s a quick stop for traffic at Santa Anita Ave. which runs up the mountain northward.

Evacuation orders have been issued for Sierra Madre and North Arcadia residents East of Santa Anita and North of Elkins which is just 3 streets north of Sierra Madre and Santa Anita, our most north-northeast part of the route. It’s a very nice, quiet set of residential streets nestled on the mountain slope. The Bobcat Fire has spread southwesterly and Fire officials are setting a defensive line at the upper Santa Anita Wash and northern Monrovia.

Please keep all these residents in mind as the fire threatens their neighborhood.
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Evacuations ordered near our Velo-Retro Route.

If you are familiar with our route, we ride northward on Second Street in Arcadia east of Santa Anita Blvd. We pass under the 210 near Huntington Blvd. then Foothill Blvd, then north to a left turn westward at E. sycamore, over the Santa Anita Wash and turn right northward on Highland Oaks for about 3/4 mile climb, left on Virginia, then right on Oakwood to Sierra Madre Blvd. There’s a quick stop for traffic at Santa Anita Ave. which runs up the mountain northward.

Evacuation orders have been issued for Sierra Madre and North Arcadia residents East of Santa Anita and North of Elkins which is just 3 streets north of Sierra Madre and Santa Anita, our most north-northeast part of the route. It’s a very nice, quiet set of residential streets nestled on the mountain slope. The Bobcat Fire has spread southwesterly and Fire officials are setting a defensive line at the upper Santa Anita Wash and northern Monrovia.

Please keep all these residents in mind as the fire threatens their neighborhood.
Yikes. Vintage bicycles are pretty low on the priority list right now. Prayers for the firefighters and best wishes for all.

FWIW: I spent the weekend riding in the Astoria, Oregon area. It started a little smoky/foggy, but the smoke has been blown inland. The sky was turning blue when I left.
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Yikes. Vintage bicycles are pretty low on the priority list right now. Prayers for the firefighters and best wishes for all.

FWIW: I spent the weekend riding in the Astoria, Oregon area. It started a little smoky/foggy, but the smoke has been blown inland. The sky was turning blue when I left.
Hopeful that those blue skies blow this way soon.
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Hopeful that those blue skies blow this way soon.
Looks like the PNW will be cleared out by the end of today, fingers crossed...

https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/GOE...OLOR&length=24
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Looks like the PNW will be cleared out by the end of today, fingers crossed...

https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/GOE...OLOR&length=24
Seaside and Cannon Beach hotels are pretty booked right now for those wanting to get away from the smoke. Both are reporting very good air quality right now. If I didn't have 3 cats and 2 dogs I would have considered it myself. I just checked hotels.com, their site says 92% of the hotels there are fully booked.
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Seaside and Cannon Beach hotels are pretty booked right now for those wanting to get away from the smoke. Both are reporting very good air quality right now. If I didn't have 3 cats and 2 dogs I would have considered it myself. I just checked hotels.com, their site says 92% of the hotels there are fully booked.
Could be filled with refugees.

AQI in Vancouver right now is 528: Hazardous. Phoo yuk.
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Rose Bowl ride this Sunday. See You there.
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Probably not a good plan at this time. Maybe in a few months.
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Rose Bowl ride this Sunday. See You there.
Coulda-woulda... if flying anywhere right now was a good idea. Maybe next year.
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Probably not a good plan at this time. Maybe in a few months.

Its been going on for many months now without issue. If You are uncomfortable, feel free to not attend.
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^^ Just stating the obvious
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First Rose Bowl ride of the year. We had a Masi, A Cinelli, a Trek , a Bianchi ,a Windsor and a originaly purchased in 1978 Centurion that my buddy Frank brought along for his first Vintage ride.
Erin rode her Carbon Specialized , but all bicycles are welcome to come along for the ride. The Bean Town Cafe is boarded up and still under construction as a Patron thought it was a Drive Thru Cafe and accidentally drove her car into the seating area.

The weather was perfect and the ride was enjoyable.







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The Bikes.







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Thanks for the coverage, Manny, but I bought my Centurion Super LeMans on December 26, 1975, so it’s a little older yet.

Weather was perfect, people were friendly, ride was fun but not too challenging, even on a 45-year-old bike. And the pizza was excellent. I brought walking shoes in case that old rear tire blew out, but it held on fine (the front got subbed out for my spare Tarmac wheel after the original blew up while sitting in the garage). Looking forward to next month (and new tires).
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Thanks for the photos Manny! Great day and great ride👍 see you all next month.
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