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Tour de Gugie, Volume 2

Old 10-09-18, 06:30 AM
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Tour de Gugie, Volume 2

Last year, [MENTION=381793]gugie[/MENTION] ventured east from his Portland World Headquarters to French Fender Day at Peter Weigle's in Lyme, CT. Several of us decided to create a bike tour around this epic event [MENTION=381793]gugie[/MENTION] heading east, that is), and that's documented in this thread. Well, the originator of the gugificazione process was once again able to create a trip around French Fender Day 2018, so several of us put together a bike tour to make sure the weekend was not without some degree of suffering.

The tour started with [MENTION=381793]gugie[/MENTION] and [MENTION=73614]rhm[/MENTION] meeting up in New York, I believe, which I'll let him tell. On my end, on Friday my buddy Bob and I boarded with our bikes a commuter train from Boston to Providence, where we met frame builder Brian Chapman and crew for the 70-mile ride to Lyme, CT, and JP Weigle's compound, as well as [MENTION=381793]gugie[/MENTION] and [MENTION=73614]rhm[/MENTION], who made sure to beat us there by seconds. Saturday was FFD, and fun was had by all:







Sunday, my friend Bob, [MENTION=381793]gugie[/MENTION], and I headed back to Boston. It's about 130 miles all told, but we decided to break that into two days and pursue a leisurely pace. Our first destination on Sunday night was Putnam, CT, and to get there we spent about 30 miles on the Airline rail trail from Colchester past Willimantic. Lots of it looked like this:













Bob was on his custom Chapman, [MENTION=381793]gugie[/MENTION] on his gugificazioned Grander Sportier, and I was on my Black Mountain road.

Yesterday was more of the same as we mixed rural CT roads and more rail trail (much of which was either loose sand, mud, and/or rough gravel) in very cool and damp conditions. We found this marker at the CT/MA border:[/url]




Bob takes in the scenery:



We pulled into my house around 6 pm, ready for hot showers, and dinner with friends. All in all, a successful gugificazioned tour!

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Looks wonderful!
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What a neat tour. A little bit of everything that is good about our hobby.
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Originally Posted by nlerner
.... All in all, a successful gugificazioned tour!
Uh, I think you mean a Gugivacazione tour....

So yeah, like last year I got on a train that left NYC Penn station at 4:03 PM last Wednesday, and Gugie got on the same train when it reached Jamaica, Queens (which is near JFK airport). I had my bike with me; Gugie's bike had been shipped ahead to a bike shop. The bike shop owner met us at the station when we got off the train.

On Thursday we rode to Port Jefferson, NY, from where we took a train to Northport and rode to the home/workshop of Jamie Swan, frame builder, wheel builder, machinist, etc.


After letting us poke around his workshop (which was very cool!) for a while, he drove us to the Webb Institute, where he works, and gave us a tour of that. No bicycles there-- but still really cool. Jamie drove us all the way back to my house after the tour, and we had dinner there.

On Friday Gugie and I rode to Orient Point, took the ferry to New London (55 miles) and then rode to the secret location where FFD is held (30 miles). There we mostly stood around, trying to look helpful (we did actually help move a couple things around). After nlerner and Bob arrived, we rode to our hotel and went to dinner. Friday was a beautiful day, with a stiff wind out of the east, which made our ride a bit of a struggle.

Mark and Long Island wine country:


Dappled sunlight:

Horton's Point Lighthouse:

Our bikes:

The ferry:

The big event:
How many custom frame builders can you spot?
How many members of this forum can you spot?

On Sunday I rode back to New London and took the ferry back to Long Island. About 70 miles total. Not such nice weather; warm and humid with occasional drizzle, and the wind had shifted so I had a headwind again.

I have more of those photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmjUwPMs.
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For more detail, here's what it looked like when the Grander Sportier came out of its travelling case:


The bike started out in a lot of pieces.



It gradually comes together...


Even the fender comes together!

Not that it's easy, of course... but the bike is eventually complete again:
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Looks/sounds like a grand time.

Hope everyone checked for ticks often.
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Looks like a grand time! and those photos are a reminder to me that I should ride the one mile down hill to the Fauntleroy ferry dock take the 30 minute crossing to the Olympic Peninsula and get a whole different (Rural) ride than I do in urban Seattle.

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I love these kind of ride reports, especially when they involve such unique builds. I have to ask: how does the fender connection attachment work? Looks like you can fasten it from the top, without taking off the wheel?
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OK, let me get this straight. Gugie was at French fender day with an English bike painted in an Italian color. Wasn't the bike feeling a little bit conflicted?
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Wasn't the bike feeling a little bit conflicted?
More torn apart...
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Thanks so much for this wonderful reportage!

Greatly appreciated here.

All of this information and photos yet we receive no word on the fascinating Peugeot/Terrot seen leaning up against the building in the first image. Verily, someone must have given it a gander...

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Originally Posted by jeirvine
I love these kind of ride reports, especially when they involve such unique builds. I have to ask: how does the fender connection attachment work? Looks like you can fasten it from the top, without taking off the wheel?
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Sometimes you revisit glory days and find out that a question was left unanswered.

The fender modification is what's commonly referred to as part of the "rinko". In Japan, this allows you to put your bike in a certain sized bag that is allowed as carry on for train transport. For me, it allows a fendered bike to fit inside a travel case without having to completely redo my fender line. Here's what it looks like partially disassembled and in my hard case:

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What's with all those people in close contact without face masks?!
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