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Old 10-06-18, 09:50 PM
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@greg3rd48 and a non-C&V friend met at my place near New Haven to ride to and from the happening. Making the trip over to Lyme there are two options for crossing the Connecticut river: the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry, first service at 10:30 am, or the RT 95 pedestrian bridge. In order to make it to Lyme in time for the group ride we chose the bridge. A lovely ride along RT 146 to the not-so-lovely RT 1, find the bridge, then across the river and through the woods to Weigle’s shop we go.

Making our way to 146:



Buddy on the 95 bridge:



The river:



Greg and me on the bridge:



We arrived just in time to take off our helmets and then immediately put them back on for the shorter of two group rides.


(Jamie Swan)





Making it back to FFD we ogled food, ate some bikes, and had a generally good time. It was nice to see the usual C&V and FFD suspects again, though I apparently missed meeting a few new-to-me C&V folks. Sorry to have not said hi and checked out your rigs. I did recognize a Raleigh Record Ace, Motobecane and a Peugot…

We decided to take the scenic route home. After a quick stop at a market to refill our bottles we made the last ferry trip at 5pm. We had a rough sense of how to get back, and mistakenly trusted google maps’ bicycle route suggestions. It worked well until it didn’t. Rolling hills and sweeping turns, then an impassible section that may have been a bike path about a decade ago. From past experience, that section through the woods could be best described as a dried-up river bed. Of course, past experience wasn’t enough to catch google maps’ mistake (well, our mistake in trusting it) until we were right on that section.

After backtracking a bit we found ourselves on a main road where I found a cotter pin with my tire. My tire picked it up, it made quite the thwapping sound inside the aluminum fender for a few wheel rotations until my tire was flat enough to drop it.

You know, I hadn’t had a flat in at least two years, then I got two in two days straight, the other being on Friday’s Farmington River Trail ride that @Prowler arranged. Both times, a bag of jerky came to the rescue. As it turns out, the plastic bag material cut to shape makes an excellent tire boot. I suggest taking the opportunity to empty the bag’s contents into your fuel tank while you come to terms with the unplanned break.

…Eventually we made it back to my place in the dark. Round trip for the day saw 86.2 miles and 4,570 feet of climbing. An excellent day with too few photos.


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At some point a concerted effort was made to get a group photo of all the Bikeforums members present. It was just at this point that I spotted @seajaye leaving and I gave him a shout. Perhaps someone will post the photo.

Alas by this time I fear many C&V people had been and gone.
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My sweetie and I attended, ate some oogle, biked some food. Or something like that. Met a bunch of nice folks, especially some from C&V, some we'd known before, some we'd known only from postings. gugie, rhm, nlerner, bwilli88. Missed Sir_Name, probably some others too. Saw some awesome bikes! Didn't get the chance to talk to all the C&V members as much as I would have liked. We brought the tandem (and two other French bikes) but arrived too late for either ride. Left a bit early probably, didn't have the chance to say goodbye to a few folks. Had a great bike day.
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That's the smallest set of rear panniers I've ever laid eyes upon

Looks like a good day out; glad to see the weather cooperated with you guys. Looking forward to even more pics!

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Nice stories and pictures, folks.
@Sir_Name, you can report the error in google maps. It takes a while, but they fix them. I've done it.
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Nice to meet some of you! Yes, looking forward to seeing that (super terribly awkward) group picture. I regret missing the opportunity to ride up in that area, as it did seem really beautiful, but will have to plan a proper trip or tour next year.
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Nice stories and pictures, folks.
@Sir_Name, you can report the error in google maps. It takes a while, but they fix them. I've done it.
Thanks, good to know and certainly worth doing in this case. Some hike-a-bike sections can be a sort of fun adventure, this one not so much. I think it took the better part of an hour to clear the first time we found it and decided to see if any of it was ridable. An MTB with fatties would leave you walking long sections.

Thanks to @bwilli88 for taking pics of some of the bikes. Like last year I wound up not taking any, enjoying it in the moment, then later wishing I had pics to look back on and share. I’ll have to remember for next year. The day is certainly long enough to take some time to grab snapshots.

There should be a bunch of high quality pics popping up on Flickr or wherever at this point.

Agreed it’d be nice to see the group shot. I forget whose phones were used to capture it. Instagram should have a filter to make us all look skinnier and prettier if needed.

Anyone have more bike pics pics from the day??

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Nice to meet some of you! Yes, looking forward to seeing that (super terribly awkward) group picture. I regret missing the opportunity to ride up in that area, as it did seem really beautiful, but will have to plan a proper trip or tour next year.
Give a shout next year if you want to join the ride from New Haven.

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Here's a pic of the BF crew at FFD 2018:


[url=https://flic.kr/p/2bLZDTV]

Left to right: Sir_Name, nlerner, gugie, greg3rd48, seajaye, and rhm. I'm afraid prowler, jimmuller, and bwilli88 had taken off at that point, but it was fun to chat with all and to ogle the fairly overwhelming amounts of bike porn.
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French Fender Day '18 once again exceeded expectations by gathering such an eclectic group of steel bike enthusiasts and their steeds at the fabled J.P. Weigle workshop. As @Sir_Name mentioned I drove from NYC to his locale in Branford, CT. He, a friend of his and I then rode 35+ miles to the event via Route 1 which was nicer than I expected. The weather remained cloudy and a tad cool the entire day which was just fine with me. We took part in the short group ride almost as soon as we arrived then returned for an excellent spread of French inspired food and drink (not exclusive) and plenty of chatting and oogling over the beauties. The C&V crew was in attendance, folks that I know well and others that I was fortunate enough to meet. I am already looking forward to next year's edition. 85 miles of great riding.

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A previous unknown-to-me make.

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@greg3rd48 Was there a severe reprimand in French for showing up to FFD without fenders? Merde!

Nice PX10 btw
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The ride home via the hilly route and over the Hadlyme-Chester Ferry.


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@greg3rd48 Was there a severe reprimand in French for showing up to FFD without fenders? Merde!

Nice PX10 btw
Well no thankfully! Last year I was on an English bike (Raleigh Super Course TT with fenders) so this year I chose a French without. Time just was not on my side when it came to swapping them over. Thanks!
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Thanks for all the reports, guys. Much appreciated!

I don't think the people at Dossche Sport ever imagined to see their bike again in this build and context.

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Much has already been said, pic'ed, and written. I'm just back from a whirlwind east coast tour, highlighted by FFD. Here's my report.

Wednesday
Flew from Portland to JFK. I had gone around and around with @rhm and others on the best way to get bike and self out east, Rudi finally offered up a shop a mile or so from his "beach cottage" train station in Mastic Beach, Long Island. A few emails and the wonderful Dave at East End Cyclery offered to accept a BikeFlights shipment and deliver it to me for $10 (!). I shipped it with several days to spare. Dave posted this picture when it got to his shop:



I had maybe an hour to deplane, get on the Air Train and hustle to Jamaica Station. Rudi caught the last eastbound train that one can bring a bicycle on. For some reason I got to his train with just a bit of time to spare.

David was wonderful, I called him from the train, he was waiting when we got to Shirley-Mastic (Rudi's spot). I used the tailgate of his pickup as a workbench to reasassemble the rinko'ed Grander Sportier..



We talked a lot about the plight of the LBS. The guy really gets it, he knows that he bought himself a job, but was happy to do it. I tipped him generously.

A few miles of town riding, and we got to Rudi's place, where we ate, double checked our bikes, and fell asleep.
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Thursday with Rudi

Thursday

We got up, downed some coffee and a Cliff bar, and headed across Long Island to see Jamie Swan. Jamie is a Long Island legend in the bicycle world, ex-bike racer, wheel builder of literally 10's of thousands of wheels, bike shop owner, frame builder, and now a part time machinist at the Webb Institute of Long Island, a college that has only one degree: naval architecture and maritime engineering. It's literally harder to get into than MIT, only 26 freshmen are admitted, but they get an all-expense paid education.

First, Rudi and I rode up to Jamie's house and workshop. Here we are at o'dark hundred, bikes ready to go:



Here's Rudi in the shop:



Jamie holding court:


Jamie is an admirable person, a real wonderful human being. He's on a few framebuilder list servers, when someone asks how to do something, he just invites them over to work through the problem. Sometimes they bring others along. Jamie doesn't mind, he loves teaching.

After a few hours of shop time, he drove us 25 miles on his M-W-F commute over to Webb Institute. Turns out the building has been used as a backdrop for a lot of Batman movies, TV shows and commercials.



The tour of Webb was the highlight of the day, maybe the trip. Jamie's enthusiasm for the program, the kids, and his unique involvement was evident. He teaches welding, machining, and comes up with novel ways to fix stuff, do instrumentation setups for their towing tank, and just be an all around jack of all trades was evident. Walking around we ran into several students that gave him a shout out. The affection they have for him was obvious.

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It was getting late and it started to rain. Jamie offered to drive us back to Mastic Beach, we took him up on it, and treated him to a dinner of empanadas from a local Puerto Rican restaurant.
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Friday morning was the big ride to Mssr. Weigle's. We got up even earlier than the day before to set off for the tip of the north fork of Long Island.

Rudi loaded up with several of his releathered saddles to show off and possibly sell at FFD. All of this extra weight slowed him down just enough so that I could draft off of him (he'd already done two 1200k brevets under 90 hrs, and one 1k this season). We put in a quick 20 miles by 8 am before stopping for breakfast in Riverhead.



A few stops were merely to take in the scenery and record it.

Our goal was to reach the noon ferry at Orient Point. We thought our pace was more than adequate until headwinds picked up, and we left the protection of woods. Soon we realized we had to push hard to meet our goal. With 15 minutes to spare, we rolled onto the ferry. It was a little over an hour to New London, CT by water.

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Eastern Long Island really is beautiful. I used to spend time there.
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We headed north, climbing steep hills to get out of New London. After a few miles, we headed west through suburbia, and soon were in countryside. Arriving at Peter's in Lyme, we found several early arrivals helping set up. We helped where we could. Soon our old friends @nlerner and Bob arrived with Brian Chapman's group. The left Providence, RI earlier in the morning.

We rode down to our hotel in Old Saybrook, had dinner, and awakened the next morning for the short ride back to Peter's. Many pictures have been shown, not much to add here, except for what I declared "best in show":



I've heard it said that you come to these events for the bikes, but you stay for the people. Dave Cain made my Waxwing Bags. I've collaborated with him on several bag/rack designs for common customers, he's a joy to work with, and talk to as well.



Alas, at some point it was time to go, but not without a party favor.

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We rode back to the hotel at dusk, but first stopped at a supermarket to pickup dinner. Much food and beer was consumed. A discussion about 2 stroke vs 4 stroke engines was had by Rudi and Bob; Neal and I watched the Red Sox-Yankee game. At o'dark hundred Rudi got up to hustle over to New London and catch the ferry back to Long Island. The rest of us slept in before starting a 2 day ride to Boston (Brookline, to be precise, home of Neal and Bob). The first 15 or so miles was very hilly, I was struggling to keep up. Along the way a cyclist rode up next to me and asked if we could help find his phone - he had crashed a few miles up the road from us with just some roadrash to show for it, and by the time he was 5-6 miles further along he realized it was gone. We came up to the S turn he was navigating and saw gravel in the middle of the road, which he hit descending at speed. We had searched for about 15 minutes when Bob found it. Done with the good deed we got back to the job of climbing out of the hilly parts of Connecticut and found the Air Line Trail. It's a long rails to trail conversion, nearly all tight packed gravel. We turned up the speed and motored along on it.





Our lunch stop was a brewpub in Willimantic, which our "crashed" rider recommended. Beer and food were consumed, and we met another cyclist named Gary doing a solo credit card tour out of NY. We then got back on the trail we went for a bit, until it was time to get off and search for our hotel in Putnam. Turned out that Gary was staying at the same hotel, so we all cleaned up and rode a couple of miles back into town for Thai food. Gary was a Canadian with a degree in mining enginering now working as a "quant" on Wall St. We all shared stories of riding, raising a family, and the joys of being near the end of a career and getting more time to do things like we were doing.
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