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Old 12-09-23, 09:01 PM
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1 - start riding earlier in the year - didn’t really get going until May in 2023
2 - realize that it’s OK to ride less than 30 miles.
3 - rotate the herd - haven’t ridden anything except the Superior since 2017
4 - eat less cheese
5 - only drink on weekends
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4 - eat less cheese
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4 - eat less cheese
5 - only drink on weekends
Things are getting serious!
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1. Figure out how to fabricate a Cyclo shift cable
2. RAGBRAI
3. Get my Baileigh bending jig set up so I can make some long overdue racks
4. Install mudguards on the ALPS tourer
5. Gather parts for my last remaining frameset, an A.N.T. from Mike Flanigan
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1. Become a better climber so I am not always the slowest guy in the group every time the road tilts up more than about 1.5%. (Hey, a guy can dream . . . .)

And if that doesn't work:

2. Get better at not caring that I am always the slowest guy in the group every time the road tilts up more than about 1.5%.
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Originally Posted by thinktubes
1 - start riding earlier in the year - didnít really get going until May in 2023
It can be challenging to find inspiration for longer rides around here before May. Commuting and 20-mile max rides are usually the extent of winter riding for me.
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1) Ride more, for sure. This usually coincides with not always building, Riddle... Alas, I am no parts rearranger for nothing. Perhaps, with increased age, comes increased contentment in certain things, for whatever reason or reasons. In this case, it's four superbly-equipped Treks that exhibit exemplary qualities and pair very well with me.
2) N-3 before N+1. Somehow, as of this writing, I have sold three bikes in the last three to four weeks, in this glacial bikes sales climate. Oh, and a frameset. 2020 was a banner year for sales, and I got to one bike (my '74 Paramout) before swapping that frame for my '85 620, and now I have four keeper Treks, outfitted to the nines.
3) More vintage Treks, because I love them so. I'd like a canti-equipped 720 from '83-85, with '83 being my preferred due to classic lugwork and paint colors. A 730 or 750 would be awesome, even if I am very happy running frames with large tires.
4) With #1, riding with bike friends. If there is anything that living in a ~25k person town outside of Portland has taught me (via observation), is that I feel a connection with fellow two-wheeled brethren whenever I see them commuting on busy roads in this rubbish weather. I may be many things, but am for sure a cyclist.
5) Being ok with 50 mile or less rides. Sure, I did just over 70 miles in a day two years ago, but not comparing my present physiology with those with better knee genetics is a good thing, and I am just so grateful to be able to bike and enjoy climbs and out-of-saddle efforts and high speed downhill descents.
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Old 12-10-23, 07:17 AM
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Ok, I'll play.

1: Ride more miles than I have each the last couple of years. Should be easy now that both knees were replaced the year.
2. Get back to routinely climbing in the mountains. I only did Snowbasin once last year, pathetic.
3 Have at heart attack going up Powder MT at least once this coming year.

4. End the year with fewer bikes than I begin it.
5. Don't die while riding.
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Old 12-10-23, 07:37 AM
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As it looks like I am not going to get my new Columbus Max fork before Christmas my first c&v task of 2024 will be to add that to my ti Merckx and finish its conversion from a double to a triple.

Thin the herd and try to then stick to a nightclub style policy of no more incomings unless there's outgoings first.

Ride a minimum of 7500 miles as half of a 2 year 15000 mile target.

Dont't crash, I just don't bounce anymore so crashes these days mean extended periods off the bike, which is best avoided.

Might have a family trip to South of France in April/may with my non cycling mother and sister, but I've been granted a few days cycling so aim to cycle up and down some epic mountains in the Pyrenees.
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Old 12-10-23, 12:23 PM
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Clean up my garage so that I am able to find all the bike parts and tools that I know are buried in there somewhere (not to mention all of my woodworking and vintage car repair parts and tools).
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1. Get in more bike touring with my buddies, most of which I met through BF.
2. Double the amount of torching in my hobby job.
3. Stop staring a the pile of tubes sitting in a cardboard box and actually build myself a new gravel frame.
4. Keep the Atelier clean and organized. Yeah, right.
5. Sell off some of the bikes and frames in my inventory.
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Ooh, fun! Mine:

1. Build up the four or five frames I have waiting their turn
2. Sell all the bikes smaller than 60 cm.
3. Acquire no additional frames or bikes.
4 Ride more miles than I did in 2023.

I fully expect to break resolution three soon after the start of the new year. Maybe I should add 'get psychiatric counseling' to that list.
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Old 12-10-23, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by PilotFishBob
Ooh, fun! Mine:

1. Build up the four or five frames I have waiting their turn
2. Sell all the bikes smaller than 60 cm.
3. Acquire no additional frames or bikes.
4 Ride more miles than I did in 2023.

I fully expect to break resolution three soon after the start of the new year. Maybe I should add 'get psychiatric counseling' to that list.
Fully agree on all but 1,2 and 3 so 25% success would be fantastic.
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Old 12-10-23, 02:13 PM
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I have been blessed with a dozen bins of inner tubes to be tested and patched if needed, five bins of saddles for re-covering, a couple dozen wheels that need truing, cleaning, or dismantling, and a slightly overflowing box trailer of classic C&V bikes in need of refurbishment or passing along to another person or organization for resurrection. And all this in the face of a professional schedule that looks awful busy from tomorrow morning through some time in late spring. But I suppose I'll just take it one tube, saddle, wheel, or bike at a time.
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2. Double the amount of torching in my hobby job.
I hope to contribute to that one.
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Originally Posted by iab
I hope to contribute to that one.
Beware of what you ask for?
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Sell a few so I can finance and have space for more projects that include my frame repainting. At least one vintage bike tour, Solvang Century, do some rides/climbs out of Lone Pine and Bishop CA, Mammoth Gran Fondo for my 70th birthday and organize a vintage bike show/swap/ride at the US Bicycle Hall of Fame. Attend as many local monthly vintage rides with C&V guys and the Classic Rendezvous group as I can schedule. Oh yeah, also attending the Auburn IN, Auburn Vintage Bike show.

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Clean up my garage so that I am able to find all the bike parts and tools that I know are buried in there somewhere (not to mention all of my woodworking and vintage car repair parts and tools).

Oooh, this one sounds familiar. Too familiar!
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Originally Posted by merziac
Fully agree on all but 1,2 and 3 so 25% success would be fantastic.

Right, we are talking about 'resolutions', which should be the equivalent of 'suggestions' or 'desperate hopes' at best.

I would consider 25% to be ideal. My bar is probably lower. I'll aim for around 7% success, and will 2 resolutions, that's a fraction of only one seeing any possible improvement
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Ride my bikes as much as possible; finish the projects waiting in line; downsize by selling or donating bikes that aren't being ridden and that can be passed on.
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  • Plan a lot of rides with mrs non-fixie
  • Keep the acquisition of bikes, frames and parts to a practical minimum
  • Get tickets for the RetroRonde, Eroica Germania and L'Eroica in Gaiole
  • Sell a few bikes or frames that don't fit anyway to keep up appearances and create room for the aforementioned acquisitions
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1. My plan is to dig through the mountain of Campy stash that came in over the last two years and refurbish them for re-use by C&V folks.
2. Ride a bit more and be more aggressive about being back on the road bike.
3. Be a bit more involved in the job of being a Collegiate Golf Coach (which is the actual job!) Smiles, MH
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Take some cycling-oriented trips for good cycling locations. Such as the Natchez Trace, Blueridge Pkwy or even the Pacific Coast Highway.
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This year has been rough recovering from prostate cancer - so not much riding. I'm going to try getting back to my riding levels before my diagnosis as my stamina improves.
And. I need to build new wheels- replace those 28 hole Mavic Open Ceramics (wearing out) with something else.
A Happy and Healthy New Year to all of us C&Vers and the families that understand
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Originally Posted by panzerwagon
1- Buy more bikes and parts I donít need
2- Make utterly no progress on projects
3- Lose interest in finished projects
4- Ride as little as possible

There, I said it. Now the curse can finally be lifted.
Dont forget to mention increasing the time & numbers of BF posts
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