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Looking back at 2018 - Epic or Average?

Old 11-29-18, 09:51 AM
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Miraculous year for me. 45 years of back pain...gone. Just about a year ago I was wondering how I could continue working. I was in constant pain. Working was very difficult. Very poor sleep. Then while trying to relieve some pain by stretching I was able to crack something in my lower back, pelvic region. It was an area that no chiropractor had ever cracked. In time I got both sides to crack and hold in place. Really its a miracle. I can sleep, I can work all day pain free, and cycling?....amazing new strength back in my legs. 45 years, incredible.
Wow, that's really a great outcome. I can feel the relief just reading it. Fantastic.
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Old 12-02-18, 07:22 AM
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Several things took time and effort away from my Joy of Cycling this year:
  • Moving my parents from NJ to be near me, mom to memory care and caregiving for 94 y.o. dad in my home, and organizing their financial matters.
  • Major home improvement projects at a house down the street; demo for new kitchen, new bath, removing bearing walls, moving exterior doors, running underground 60 amp service to the remote garage for level 2 EV charging, etc. Throw in a partial kitchen rehab at my present home too.
  • Bike storage at capacity.

Riding - lots of commuting trips to in the first half of 2018, including riding to the memory care facility daily to visit mom. Once dad arrived in late July, riding to MC fell by the wayside. This upcoming spring, I will probably take a bike along and ride back and forth, leaving my vehicle at MC when not traveling with dad. No organized rides as it conflicts with yacht racing, though I rode to the harbor for most races.
Touring/Vacations – in September, we took our bikes to Grand Rapids for visiting the many venues for Art Prize. It was a weekend of perfect weather. We headed to Leelanau after Art Prize, and the highlight was riding the Traverse rail trail, where a 62km R.T. ride equaled my age.
Bike Collection – I only bought two this year, an 89 Ironman Expert that DanBianchi was kind enough to facilitate and an underpriced Schwinn Twinn, which I flipped quickly. My wrenching took a dive due to slowing sales and lack of bike space. I have 6 garage stalls between 2 houses, of which only 2 cars are parked in the garages. Plan is to recapture another 2 stalls for vehicles. I really need to get inventory under control as there are more than a dozen bikes coming from NJ. I have been spending the last few evenings purging, reorganizing, and wrenching.
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My miles are a little down this year. 2500ish from usually over 3000. But i bought a house that has a garage full of bikes ... now. Went on several campi g trips, some on the bike. Last and certainly not least, i got engaged to my long time girl friend.

Been a good year.
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Old 12-02-18, 09:00 AM
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Definitely epic:
Lost almost 30 pounds (some of which have crept back on) and rode:
  • Tour de Palm Springs
  • L'Eroica California (which proved it is NOT POSSIBLE to have Too Much Fun)
  • Thunder Ridge
  • The Weekend In Palouse and Idaho with Scozim, Northbend, Gugie, DD and more
  • The Dairyland Dare
  • Reston Century
  • Highlands Bike Fest in Sebring, FL this coming weekend
Would have done two more events, but they got rained out in September and October. Still, got in over 5,000 miles of riding.

Built a bunch of bikes: a Bottecchia Team Record, two Cannondale SR's, 3 Eddy's, a Zunow, 2 Paramounts (one of them a Rainbow), an Ironman, and an '83 Davidson. Plus extensive reworks on the Cinelli, Colnago, Voyageur and Pelizzoli.

Spent two weeks driving around the south of France, a week at the beach and two weeks in Portugal including a river cruise on the Douro. In September, Grandbaby #2 showed up.

Continue to be grateful for Mrs. Doc, friends, family and good health!
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Old 12-02-18, 10:06 AM
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Great biking year.

I managed to buy only one bike (Weigle) and sold six more.

I bonded very closely with my Yeti SB5 plus and my BMC Monstercross.

Off road all the way.

Road bikes?

Barely touched them.
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Old 12-03-18, 01:02 PM
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Can't say there was anything I'd call epic, but it was still a great year. While I do try to get out for shorter rides through the winter, I'm already missing the warmer weather!


Didn't do many group/charity rides this year which is where I've typically put in my longest rides. Also, did more gravel riding which tend not to be as long. Having said that, I'll be close to my last couple years' overall calendar year riding totals of around 4,500 miles - getting a cold start to winter so not sure how December will be in capping off the year. Should end up between 4,200 and 4,400 miles if the weather is reasonably cooperative.


Longest rides were a couple at 70 miles. For whatever reason, that's about as far as I go riding solo without the discipline of riding a course on a group ride. Then, a lot of 50 - 65 miles rides.


Did explore some beautiful new gravel roads in Western Connecticut and also road sections of the D2R2 course (popular gravel ride in New England) in the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts and Southern Vermont. Not real long rides (45-ish miles) but the hills are relentless and steep there for this 65 year old body.


Also, made it back up to Acadia National Park. Love riding the Loop Road and up Cadillac Mountain.


All in all, a really nice season and grateful, at 65, to be able to enjoy these kinds of rides.
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Old 12-03-18, 01:45 PM
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Lousy year all around and more. Nearly the opposite from 2017. Bright note is that I converted the Pinarello from Japanese bling to Italian, No difference in performance of shifting, maybe better.
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Old 12-03-18, 04:27 PM
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My worst year from a biking perspective, an intense year in general for me personally.


The Bad

Health problems and injury will have kept me off the bike for 6 months this year.
  • Chronic sinus infections led to respiratory issues and ulitmately surgery in April (lost 2 months)
  • Bike crash in July, broken Collarbone (lost 1.5 months)
  • Bike Crash in September, broken Collarbone (surgery required), Multiple broken Ribs, Facial injuries, Concussion (no riding for the rest of 2018)

My Dad died in March


The Good

I didn't die or suffer permament brain damage from my September accident

My son received his Doctorate in May


Bike additions
  • I took delivery of a new custom Woodrup in February
  • Just completed a build on beautiful Holland bicycle this past month


Some fine bike rides. Notably:
  • Eroica California
  • A car free ride up the Going to the Sun Road with mountaindave anf his awesome wife Dawn
  • The Caveman's Peninsula Tour
  • A week long loaded tour to the San Juan Islands
  • A week long loaded tour to Lake Chelan
  • Mountaindaves un-organized Cino
  • and, the highlight ride of the year: [MENTION=135635]scozim[/MENTION] 's Tour De Palouse

I am looking forward to a better year in 2019, hopefully healther and wiser.
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Old 12-03-18, 06:40 PM
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Iím sorry to hear the hard times, injuries, and downers, I hope 2019 sees everyone healthy and getting in some great rides!
For me it was an epic year in bike procurement, but less so actually riding. My job location has moved to 2 miles away from a previous 8, so Iíve put on some pounds!

But all in all VERY epic. I picked up TWO grail bikes, a Ď91 Miyata 1000 LT, and an Ď83 Trek 720, along with finding a PRESTINE Ď84 Trek 610, my favorite all rounder. Along the way I snagged a 1984 Trek 520 and 620, so Iíve now examples of each of the Trek tourers.

But better than ALL that was getting married to the most amazing women, strong, beautiful, hilarious, and whip smart!

Oh! And the weekend I got married I also turned 40, which was pretty ok too.

I can honestly say that 2018 has been the best year Iíve lived so far, and Iím going back to school in 2019 so it should only be getting better. Iím a pretty lucky guy, and I need to remember that more often.

Thank you you for starting this thread!
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Old 12-03-18, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by rhm
I had a good year of cycling, concentrating on randonneuring rather than touring; highlights included riding all the way around Lake Ontario (this took three days) and halfway around Lake Michigan (this took four days). Pretty sure this was my highest mileage year ever.

I don't think I bought any vintage bikes this year, but I did restore a bunch of old saddles.

The bikes I rode all had a certain vintage look, and at least some vintage components, but I don't consider them to be vintage bikes and in general I did not ride vintage bicycles as much as I'd like. With the classic bikes I hesitate to make the modifications that make long distance riding easy.
What sort of modifications?
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2018 was a so so to crummy year cycling wise but I did pick up 3 cool French bikes: a 1981 Peugeot PX 10, a 1973 Motobecane Grand Record, and a 1970s Mercier 300. Oh and I also picked up a 1973 Fuji Finest and a 1985 Cannondale ST 400.
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Old 12-03-18, 06:56 PM
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I dunno about epic, but I am quite happy. I built up a nice Romic in 650b in the spring. I'd had the frame for years. In the fall, I put together a Terry Osell frame and fork with DA 7400. I also had picked up another, slightly later, Eisentraut at Westminster, a 75; it's in the queue to be rebuilt. And I made my first ebay purchase in many years, this Alain Michel, which was so up my alley I couldn't very well resist.I also found a Paramount blues 78 and a twenties Okeh blues 78 at a local thrift for a quarter each, and bought a really nice 8 track player. I replaced the worn out amp on the upstairs system with a nice Carver. So far, I've drawn over 300 comic strips this year, and probably another 100 assorted pieces. It really was not a bad year at all.
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Old 12-03-18, 07:27 PM
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I did ride my first 200K late this summer. Planning on doing more next year!
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​​​​​​1977 Schwinn Super Le Tour 12.2 - my only unmolested* vintage bike in original condition. I like to keep one bike around that has the same components it did when it rolled off the assembly line. *I have converted it to 700c with a spare wheelset, and am planning on re-building the original high flange hubs with new 700c rims and butted spokes. I like having something *original*, and it's chrome! This one would be hard to give up​​​​​
I did my first 200k this summer as well

That LeTour sounds awesome, I hope to do a similar project soon.

I logged many, many wonderful miles on the LeMond this year. I setup the gearing with 50/39 and 13-23 600 tricolor, turned out perfect for my area. I never had a trail failure over at least 4,500 miles. I did a lot of daily rides but less century's then I wanted.
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Old 12-03-18, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster
My miles are a little down this year. 2500ish from usually over 3000. But i bought a house that has a garage full of bikes ... now. Went on several campi g trips, some on the bike. Last and certainly not least, i got engaged to my long time girl friend.

Been a good year.
Congrats on your engagement!
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This is one year i will not forget, started the year off in a bad marriage, a month later was living on my own, and by May i was divorced from a 16 year marriage.

Bike wise my lowest riding year yet. alot to process and get a grip on.

Collection wise picked up some interesting things, and got a grail bike for me a 1988 Centurion Master Ironman Pro frame made by Zunow.

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Originally Posted by fleslider
This is one year i will not forget, started the year off in a bad marriage, a month later was living on my own, and by May i was divorced from a 16 year marriage.

Bike wise my lowest riding year yet. alot to process and get a grip on.

Collection wise picked up some interesting things, and got a grail bike for me a 1988 Centurion Master Ironman Pro frame made by Zunow.

hang tough. Things will continue to get better.
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Old 12-04-18, 12:59 AM
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[MENTION=114373]northbend[/MENTION], those are some bad bads. Continued luck with your recovery--physical and otherwise. You still have a lot to look forward to in '19.
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Terrible for riding. Less than 500 miles total, 6000m of climbing. Work was good however which allowed me to carry on with the attic.
Bike acquisitions have been pretty good, 753, 853, Gueciotti, and some nice parts like a pair of 500 series Mavic hubs for €40

Maybe I should set a target for next year, not something I've ever done before.
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Lots of highs and lows as usual, although not quite as eventful or painful as some others in the thread.

Rode almost twice as much as last year. Acquired way too many bikes (now downsizing!), although at least Iíve gained a better understanding of what I like.

Happy to be riding and be part of this community!
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Riding Ė distance, hours, frequency, fitness?
Touring/Vacations Ė any memorable tours, charitable events, vacation(s)?
Bike Collection Ė additions, reductions, grail bikes?
Pretty much yes to all of the above and still at it. Made the ride to Great Bay and back this morning without having to get off of the Bianchi. Did that on my Jamaica bike in the Spring and again, now, in the Fall...


Sold a few special commissioned bikes, some not commissioned and some untouched...






Got a Quintanna Roo (again) and a Freddie Grubb and, finally, found out that I own a Claude Butler from the late sixties...







But one failure...

I had hoped to get the paint and art done on my Rabeneick 120d but, due to my inability to choose a color (all black or candy blue with gold head tube and fork) caused that to not happen. It is a first thing to do on my list when I get back to Canada, at the end of April 2019...
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Great year for me! I had not owned a bicycle since about 1983 or so...got diagnosed with diabetes so went looking a bikes. My mind was blown away by the advancements and changes and I had no idea what to look for, so I found a used Trek 800 MTB and planned to just do some loops around the neighborhood. Next I happened upon an old Trek 370 RB in need of some TLC and got her roadworthy.

Then I discovered the Neuse River Greenway, riding became an obsession again, My goal was to be able to ride 30 miles, and I achieved that.
Also picked up an old Austro Daimler Olympian, and more recently a Masi CXGR.

Since May of this year I have logged 1472 miles, currently working on figuring out a diet to keep me from hitting the wall, as I have both Celiac disease and diabetes. I guess that is my goal now, to find a good energy source so maybe I could hit fifty miles on a ride. Cheers all.
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