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C&V Bastille Day Wabash Trail Ride

So this is the first inaugural C&V Batille Day Wabash Trail Ride. The date is tentatively set for Saturday July 13. That's close enough to Bastille Day that you can bring your French bike but all C&V bikes are welcome. The idea is that we'll meet in Shenandoah which is about the only town of any consequence on the trail in the morning and do an out and back (say 50 miles). We can have a lunch afterwards.

Actually I've never ridden the Wabash trail but I've heard good things about it. I figure its close enough to Des Moines, Omaha, and Kansas City that the ride and date might be attractive to a lot of folks. If interested, post something on this thread so I know who to sent invites to.

Pictures of the bike you are thinking of taking are always welcome; the more midwest bike porn, the better, .

I'll bring a French bike for sure. I'll likely bring my 1977 Motobecane Grand Record as I need an excuse to build it!
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The Wabash River is not far from me. PM me.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
The Wabash River is not far from me. PM me.
I'd love for you to be on that ride but it's the Wabash Trace which is in the SW corner of Iowa and it's a hike from Indiana.

It is a 63 mile rail to trail conversion that goes through some fine countryside. https://www.wabashtrace.org/trail-facts

I'll put you on the list.
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This is my kind of ride, interested!
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I am guessing I am spoken for that Saturday with the last weekend of training rides before RAGBRAI as its usually a 3 day ride 2 night campout.
if that isnt the case, this would be a blast to do in the Loess Hills area! Really fun primitive trail with some climb up north and flatter farther south.
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I'd love for you to be on that ride but it's the Wabash Trace which is in the SW corner of Iowa and it's a hike from Indiana.

It is a 63 mile rail to trail conversion that goes through some fine countryside. https://www.wabashtrace.org/trail-facts

I'll put you on the list.
I rode a bus from Ames to Madison. There is a lot of Iowa out there.

I don't think I can make it, but I wish I could.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
I am guessing I am spoken for that Saturday with the last weekend of training rides before RAGBRAI as its usually a 3 day ride 2 night campout.
if that isnt the case, this would be a blast to do in the Loess Hills area! Really fun primitive trail with some climb up north and flatter farther south.
I'd love for you to do it as well. Maybe we'll move the date. I'm just trying to figure out who might be interested.

Of course if we move the date, we'll have to change the name of the ride,
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Interested. I live 90 miles west in Columbus. I've ridden the Wabash several times when working out of Omaha/CB. It's nicely shaded and a combination of paved and crushed limestone surfaces.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
The Wabash River is not far from me. PM me.
Wabash Ave is a couple of blocks from me.


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Originally Posted by BradH View Post

Interested. I live 90 miles west in Columbus. I've ridden the Wabash several times when working out of Omaha/CB. It's nicely shaded and a combination of paved and crushed limestone surfaces.
This bike is hot. 700 series late 70s Trek? I have a 1978 Trek 510 in that color. Good to see an old bike rocking fat tires and new running gear.
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Originally Posted by To live View Post
This is my kind of ride, interested!
This should be fun. This thread is sorely lacking pics of old bikes though. Just sayin, you can add to the collective here,

I've seen @mstateglfr 's old bike but he built himself a steel bike I haven't seen yet. I'm not quite sure why he's being so shy about posting pics . . .

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I'll likely bring my 1977 Motobecane Grand Record. I picked it up late last year and haven't had a chance to rebuild it yet. This is the bike as found in the wild.

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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
This should be fun. This thread is sorely lacking pics of old bikes though. Just sayin, you can add to the collective here,

I've seen @mstateglfr 's old bike but he built himself a steel bike I haven't seen yet. I'm not quite sure why he's being so shy about posting pics . . .


This is my bike that I'm building up for limestone rail trails. I'm using Miyata 1000 700c wheels so I can run wider tires.
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This is my bike that I'm building up for limestone rail trails. I'm using Miyata 1000 700c wheels so I can run wider tires.
Very cool. Is this a 600 series Trek? What year? Nothing like an avocet saddle, a blackburn rack, and a sugino AT crank to make an old bike look right,
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Very cool. Is this a 600 series Trek? What year?
Itís an 82 614, a lucky craigslist find. Iíve been slowly getting it ready for spring. Only thing left is the rear derailleur that I recently made a tool for. Iím excited to try it out!

Nice Grand Record, I really like old Motobecanes. Iíd love to find one in my size.
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I'd love for you to be on that ride but it's the Wabash Trace which is in the SW corner of Iowa and it's a hike from Indiana.

It is a 63 mile rail to trail conversion that goes through some fine countryside. https://www.wabashtrace.org/trail-facts

I'll put you on the list.
I was making the same mistake as Robbie. Ann Arbor to the Wabash River is not such a huge drive. But to get to SW corner of Iowa, there's a lot of Michigan, a bit of Indiana, and the widest part of Illinois, and then there is a LOT of Iowa! If I still lived in Denver this would not be such a big drive.

It's a converted rail pathway; is it paved and maintained as a bikeway or MUP?
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Itís an 82 614, a lucky craigslist find. Iíve been slowly getting it ready for spring. Only thing left is the rear derailleur that I recently made a tool for. Iím excited to try it out!

Nice Grand Record, I really like old Motobecanes. Iíd love to find one in my size.
What kind of special tool do you need for the rear derailleur of a good ol' Trek? The most exotic resto task I can think of is to make sure the derailleur hanger is in-plane with the wheels, once THEY are trued and dished, and the dropouts are in plane with the main triangle. And Park makes a nice version of the der hanger tool. The first version is perfectly effective and usually available used on the Bay

I have an '84 610, bought new but since then has been the platform for many experiments, my mule. Still a good rider, but never my fave.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
Wabash Ave is a couple of blocks from me.


Wrong Wabash, TGB!
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What kind of special tool do you need for the rear derailleur of a good ol' Trek? The most exotic resto task I can think of is to make sure the derailleur hanger is in-plane with the wheels, once THEY are trued and dished, and the dropouts are in plane with the main triangle. And Park makes a nice version of the der hanger tool. The first version is perfectly effective and usually available used on the Bay

I have an '84 610, bought new but since then has been the platform for many experiments, my mule. Still a good rider, but never my fave.
In order to remove one of the jockey wheels on some Suntour derailleurs you need a tool to remove a notched nut.
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I was making the same mistake as Robbie. Ann Arbor to the Wabash River is not such a huge drive. But to get to SW corner of Iowa, there's a lot of Michigan, a bit of Indiana, and the widest part of Illinois, and then there is a LOT of Iowa! If I still lived in Denver this would not be such a big drive.

It's a converted rail pathway; is it paved and maintained as a bikeway or MUP?
Sad to say but I've never ridden it! That's part of my motivation for putting this ride together. I believe it has a fair amount of crushed limestone.

Here is a url to info about the trace:

https://www.wabashtrace.org/trail-facts
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It's a converted rail pathway; is it paved and maintained as a bikeway or MUP?
Its partly paved and partly crushed hardpack stone. Really nice as its quite rural and has a great canopy overhead.
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
This thread is sorely lacking pics of old bikes though. Just sayin, you can add to the collective here,

I've seen @mstateglfr 's old bike but he built himself a steel bike I haven't seen yet. I'm not quite sure why he's being so shy about posting pics . . .
My bikes are pretty homely- nothing French like original Motobecane or Peugeot. Since my road bikes are all 25mm max tire except the frame I built, I would guess that is what I would bring for this ride due to the trail surface.



ooh, i did just remember that I have a '92 Cdale T700 frame I am doing a parts bin build on and will make it into a wide tire 2x9 road bike with . 35mm Vittoria Hyper tires for fast rolling comfy fun.
...but nothing would scream American more than riding a fat tubed aluminum US built bike at a French National Day ride.
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My bikes are pretty homely- nothing French like original Motobecane or Peugeot. Since my road bikes are all 25mm max tire except the frame I built, I would guess that is what I would bring for this ride due to the trail surface.



ooh, i did just remember that I have a '92 Cdale T700 frame I am doing a parts bin build on and will make it into a wide tire 2x9 road bike with . 35mm Vittoria Hyper tires for fast rolling comfy fun.
...but nothing would scream American more than riding a fat tubed aluminum US built bike at a French National Day ride.
+ 1,000 on this. Heck I you might talk me into bringing my '85 Cannondale ST 400 since it looks like the rest of the crew will be riding Treks. Is this the bike you built? It's beautiful.
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I have ridden the Wabash Trace trail from Council Bluffs to Silver City and back. I hooked up with former forum member, the late billydonn who lived in Omaha one day when I was laid over there back when I was still on the road.
We had a great ride, and a wonderful visit. I was very sad when he passed.
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+ 1,000 on this. Heck I you might talk me into bringing my '85 Cannondale ST 400 since it looks like the rest of the crew will be riding Treks. Is this the bike you built? It's beautiful.
thanks for the compliment. Bock did the paint which is why its so nice.
to not hijack this thread, here is a link to more pics. I've since flipped the stem so its now -7degrees for better fit and look. Also replaced the saddle with a brooks c17. I've resigned myself to accepting that saddle shape is perfect, and just accept ill forever ride heavy saddles!
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