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Old 06-03-23, 02:35 PM
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Gravel road in Perry County, Tennessee


Side road off of Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi


Natchez Trace, Mississippi

Natchez Trace, Alabama or Mississippi

Side road off Natchez Trace

Pennsylvania/Maryland, Heritage Rail Trail/Torrey C Brown Rail Trail

Old road and bridge, somewhere in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in New Jersey

Gravel road somewhere in either Connecticut, Massachusetts, or New Hampshire. Wanted a break from traffic while touring up the Atlantic Coast and I got it!

Pennsylvania Route 611 heading north towards Delaware Water Gap

Gravel road in Hickman County, Tennessee
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Originally Posted by Portlandjim


Bicycle trip to Panama, 1971. These shots show the wonderful back road, Nevada 305, south from Battle Mountain to Austin. I don't think we saw on car during the day, the sign says 90 miles! More photos of the trip on this link:

https://goo.gl/photos/YvQnqNQ6ynie3u2L6

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my wife would love no gas for 90 miles while sitting behind me on the tandem.
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From an unintended metric century today. I had planned for fifty miles, but one of the roads I had on the map turned out to be unimproved; really not cricket for skinny sew-ups. Happily I had a friend along the way for a bottle refill; I had only two 24oz bottles on the bike.
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Siamese cobble roads
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The road not-takeable.
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Eugene to Florence - The road with the tunnel is deceiving - It is actually a high traffic area with trailers and mobile homes on the weekend.

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Riding at night watching the full moon rise up in front of me near Rattlesnake Lake.
Moonrise by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
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Blue Jay Road, north of Hodges, SC, the quiet route to Abbeville.




Johns Creek Road connecting Pickens Creek/Klugh Rd and Deadfall Road.

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I was in the St. Louis area again on Sunday, enjoying the roads near Babler Park and Rockwoods Reservation. This is a very hilly, wooded area, and the roads just meander through the trees.
It's a beautiful area, but bring some low gears to get up the hills!

Bouquet Road....


Melrose road...


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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy
I was in the St. Louis area again on Sunday, enjoying the roads near Babler Park and Rockwoods Reservation. This is a very hilly, wooded area, and the roads just meander through the trees.
It's a beautiful area, but bring some low gears to get up the hills!

Bouquet Road....


Melrose road...


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How was the traffic?
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Originally Posted by shoota
How was the traffic?
well, on these roads, I probably saw as many deer as cars.

a photo from Bouquet road, about six years ago...


There are some busier areas, such as in Eureka next to the Six Flags amusement park. Even on a Sunday, they seem to stay busy.

With these narrow, winding roads, any traffic can be an issue. There are few opportunities for cars to pass me, so I will pull over sometimes just to be a nice guy. No point in aggravating the drivers and leaving the local riders to deal with it.

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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy
With these narrow, winding roads, any traffic can be an issue. There are few opportunities for cars to pass me, so I will pull over sometimes just to be a nice guy. No point in aggravating the drivers and leaving the local riders to deal with it.

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Thank you! I really appreciate this sentiment.
I live and ride in one of those places that draws riders from the greater metropolitan area on sunny weekends. Inevitably there are a few folks with their blinding front lights who are terrified of the country roads that I ride for thousands of miles every year. They feel they must "take the lane." There are the club riders and the Wednesday Morning World Championship riders who think nothing of riding two or three abreast with a long string of cars stuck behind them. Those of us who live and ride here year round are left to deal with the ill will generated by this small number of our fellow cyclists.
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this is probably the best and most enjoyable BF thread

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Originally Posted by mpetry912
this is probably the best and most enjoyable BF thread
At least it's far less controversial than threads on bike maintenance.
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Old 10-12-23, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by mpetry912
this is probably the best and most enjoyable BF thread

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just for your benefit... my ride in the quiet hills west of St. Louis were done on "Big Red"... the glamorous Hetchins Magnum Opus. It's functional as well as overly ornate.



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So great to see Big Red in action !

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Originally Posted by mpetry912
So great to see Big Red in action !

/markp
a bit of a tangent....

The local Peoria club does a ride with the semi-local club of Bloomington/Normal, where we start from our respective cities and meet in the town of Mackinaw, IL. I rode the Hetchins, and had no sooner parked it than a fellow walked up and asked "is that a Magnum Opus?". This isn't a question that I am used to hearing, but I did turn the bike around so the "Magnum Opus" decal on the top tube would show, and started chatting with the fellow.

It turned out that he had grown up in England, near Derby. He had a few Mercians, IIRC, and of course knew something about the other high-end English builders. I/we figured out that he had just contacted me about my upcoming vintage ride and had exchanged a couple of emails.
The Hetchins does make a fine conversation starter!

another tangent... I asked if any of his Mercians had the barber pole stripe on the seat tube, and he said "no". I was a bit disappointed, since that is one of their signature embellishments, but I guess when you are near the Mercian shop, you get somewhat jaded with these things. I still think they are pretty cool.

Steve in Peoria (in the era of flat black carbon fiber bikes, it doesn't take much to be an embellishment)
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I am glad Big Red is still in the fight.

in 2003 I shipped Big Red to Jim Cunningham at Cycle Art in San Diego. He rode the bike to the Jimmy whats his name event in Fallbrook.

Jimmy had 30+ Hetchins bikes. The story is that Jimmy was a hollywood stunt man.

Yes that is brian Baylis in the T shirt. I rode my blue Hellenic (painted by Brian) now sadly gone

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Come ride with me on the empty roads I’ve collected this year..

Middle Fork Road, East of North Bend, Washington State
Garfield Mt. by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Luana Beach Road, Vashon Island, Washington state
Luana Beach Road, Vashon Island by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

County Meath, Ireland
On the road to Newgrange by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Clare Island, County Mayo, Ireland
Clare by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Doo Lough, County Mayo, Ireland
Doo Lough by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

County Galway, Ireland
On the road to the Aran Island Ferry by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Inishmore, County Galway, Ireland
A typical road on the Aran Islands by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

County Clare, Ireland
County Kerry by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Conor Pass Road, County Kerry, Ireland
Conor Pass road by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

To be continued…
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County Kerry, Ireland
Leaving the Dingle Peninsula by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry, Ireland
Dunloe by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

County Kerry, Ireland
Descending out the other side of the Gap by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

County Kerry, Ireland
Ruff stuff - a most amazing mountain road by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

County Cork, Ireland
Heading to Clonakilty by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany, France
Lotta riding today looked like this by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Rance Canal near Dinan, France
I approached Dinan from the river and canals of the Rance by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

OK, this one is a bit of a cheat (this thread is meant to inspire, right?), staged to get a photo with Mt. St. Michel, France. I turned around at the bottom of the ‘hill’
Totally staged but it was a great spot for a picture by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Menil, France
Camping on the Mayenne by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Near Chenonceau, France
On the south side of the Le Cher by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
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Originally Posted by northbend
County Kerry, Ireland
Leaving the Dingle Peninsula by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry, Ireland
Dunloe by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

County Kerry, Ireland
Descending out the other side of the Gap by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

County Kerry, Ireland
Ruff stuff - a most amazing mountain road by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

County Cork, Ireland
Heading to Clonakilty by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany, France
Lotta riding today looked like this by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Rance Canal near Dinan, France
I approached Dinan from the river and canals of the Rance by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

OK, this one is a bit of a cheat (this thread is meant to inspire, right?), staged to get a photo with Mt. St. Michel, France. I turned around at the bottom of the ‘hill’
Totally staged but it was a great spot for a picture by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Menil, France
Camping on the Mayenne by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Near Chenonceau, France
On the south side of the Le Cher by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
wow! So many great photos.. but these might be my favorites!
They definitely make a person wish they were riding on those roads!

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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy
wow! So many great photos.. but these might be my favorites!
They definitely make a person wish they were riding on those roads!

Steve in Peoria
Be careful what you wish for Steve. Some involve more than a bit of agony :-) There no such thing as a free lunch...
There are moments that try a man's soul by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
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It’s a dull, rainy day so I’ll continue…

Pathway along the Loire River, France
The path along the Loire by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Canal Lateral a la Loire, France
Canal Path by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

On the road to Auxerre, France
On the road to Auxerre by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

On the road to Lac du Der-Chantecoq, France
On the road to Troyes by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
Open road in rural France by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

On the road to St. Mihiel, France
On the road to St. Mihiel by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Near Piesport on the Mosel, Germany
Mosel by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

On the road to Koblenz, Germany
On the road to Koblenz by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

On/Off the road to Frankfurt, Germany
Off course of course along the Rhine by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr


Home sweet home on the Iron Horse Trail near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington State
Granite Mountain view from the trail by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
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