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Old 10-02-12, 08:13 PM
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Took a ride on the North Branch path today. Beautiful late afternoon sun.

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Took a 30 mile ride on the D&R canal trail in the rain that "wasn't falling" according tp the weather man. Once sufficently wet, it was anice ride on empty trails with a stop at the Rocky Hill Tavern for lunch....Beer of the day...Speckled Hen....Mmmmm! followed with a burger topped with a sunny side up egg...double Mmmmm, followed by another beer & a fun ride home...."snapping turtles don't have a sense of humor" It was a good day!
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Originally Posted by mobilemail
Well, let me give you an indiscriminate crash course! I travel quite a bit for work, and once in a while I get to sneak in a bike ride. Here are some "postcard" photos I've taken from several of those places. If you're still interested after I've shown my poor photographic ability, I can show you a little local stuff.
https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=C5295...6673790E%21312
I definitely liked what I saw. Bring it on!
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
What they said. Those are some awesome pics, and the Harper's Ferry tunnel shot is spectacular.

Ah, that is pretty hilly country, innit?
Yeah, hilly indeed. A lot of people think MD is flat, but it appears those are just folks that have only been through MD traveling down I-95.
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Originally Posted by northbend
I did a day long ramble on my fixed gear today. Rode from my house in North Bend.It was cold and foggy this morningI climbed above the fog to warm upIt was short lived, Fog again along the Issaquah - Fall City Road.I have meant to stop many times before to take a photo of this artwork on a house in Alki. Today was the dayTook the ferry over to Vashon island. I rode south along the east side of the Island. Along the way I stopped and visited briefly with my Brother and his son. The it was off to the south side to take the ferry back to Tacoma. While waiting for the ferry, I snapped a few photos.We arrive at Point Defiance in Tacoma. Thanks WSFI am now out of my comfort zone. I don't know this area very well but eventually I make my way thru Tacoma and up north to Bellevue and then head east, shadows getting long. I know I am running out of daylight. Out comes the phone to call my wife for a pickup in Issaquah about 20 miles or so short of home. I wait for her at the Issaquah Brewhouse. An Ice cold IPA is a fitting end to a day like this.
northbend, you are just a cycling beast and nice pics, too. The picture of the mountain off in the distance taken from the ferry is epic. So about your fixed gear bike: What kind of bike is that? I don't recall seeing it before, or I simply forgot...
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Originally Posted by zacster
Ah, the good old days for me riding in the Seattle area. To contrast that, yesterday I did a 50 mile loop through the Bronx! Beautiful scenery, great wildlife, vistas of natural beauty. Oh, wait, that was Seattle again. No, I rode up the west side greenway of Manhattan, across Harlem, into the very south Bronx, up past Yankee Stadium where at 10am people were already gathering, past the art deco buildings on Jerome Avenue and then up University Heights. My hill climbs were on University and then Manhattan College into Riverdale, then back to the greenway and back to Brooklyn.

It was actually a pretty good ride and I was able to keep the pace up around 19-20 where traffic permitted.
Even without pictures, it sounds like a nice ride. We won't hold it against you...
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Originally Posted by noglider
photogravity, has anyone ever told you that you and your wife could pass for brother and sister?

I once dated a woman who looked like she was closely related. We both noticed.
Hmmm, I don't recall if anyone has said that before or not. They say that the longer a couple is married the more they look alike, yes? With 25 years under our belts, that may explain the likeness. With that said, if you say us together wihout our helmets and bike gear, I'm not so sure you'd think we look that much alike.
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Originally Posted by jbchybridrider
I don't usually ride road bikes around town but did today so no pic's riding in the hills this time. Great spring day for it rode the coast too.

This guy in the Charger stopped holding up traffic so I could get a pic front on but it came out totally out of focus. I was spewing over that, didn't realize till later.

Bee Hive corner marks the very center of our small city. The building was built in 1896 as it say's, only a couple years ago the original bee fell off and was replaced.
Nice stuff jbchybridrider! It just seems unfair to me, that while I'm getting ready for winter, you're just gearing up for your spring and summer riding.

The picture of beehive corner is really neat. It looks like a quaint building. Are other buildings in the area similar in style?
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Originally Posted by big chainring
Took a ride on the North Branch path today. Beautiful late afternoon sun.

That sure looks like poison ivy on that tree!!
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Originally Posted by photogravity
northbend, you are just a cycling beast
Not beastly at all, I'm actually quite well mannered. I just know how to pace myself.

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about your fixed gear bike: What kind of bike is that? I don't recall seeing it before, or I simply forgot...
I've posted it here in the 'daily rides' before. It's a 1988 Paramount. Converted to fixed gear as a way to salvage the bike when I received it damaged in shipment when I bought it years ago. Current gearing is 42x16.
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Originally Posted by scozim
After a few weeks with no access to my favorite mountain biking spot because of this:

I was "jonesin' " for some fat tire riding. So, I decided today to ride "illegally" along the local irrigation canal. Some nice contrasts in nature thanks to water.

The canal is normally shut down this time of year but the water is really needed so it's still flowing - they're pumping water and filling tankers for the fire fighters.

Saw a couple of ducks on these ponds so I stopped and snuck up to take a photo - they were decoys. ##&@*@&#@ at least it was a good stalk.

Got home and almost hit this little guy:
Nice shots scozim. The duck story is quite funny! Also, I'm glad to hear you missed the snake, I can't say the same about the one I encountered a few days back which I ran over. He was a little guy and was in a shaded spot on the road and didn't see him until my wheel was right on him.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
I got to do my 25 mile round trip commute. It's been a while since both the weather and the work schedule let me do that. I rode the '72 Bertin C32, its first ride of more than just around the neighborhood. Except for the fact that the brakes squealed like a 2-year-old whose dropped his sucker, the bike was great!
The brakes must be MAFAC Racers!
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Originally Posted by jerrduford
Me and the girlfriend's cruiser at the tridge (tri-bridge) in Midland, MI.
Out for a weekend stroll - Hit the town and Pier Marquette Rail Trail.
That appears to be a pretty nice trail, with 30 miles each way. Is it pretty flat, and is your girlfriend able to keep up with you or do you just slow your pace so she can keep up?
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Originally Posted by Velognome
Took a 30 mile ride on the D&R canal trail in the rain that "wasn't falling" according tp the weather man. Once sufficently wet, it was anice ride on empty trails with a stop at the Rocky Hill Tavern for lunch....Beer of the day...Speckled Hen....Mmmmm! followed with a burger topped with a sunny side up egg...double Mmmmm, followed by another beer & a fun ride home...."snapping turtles don't have a sense of humor" It was a good day!
Nice day on the bike Velognome! I had a similar sandwich at a little riverside restaurant in Charleston WV, only it was 2 - 1/2 lb burgers, 2 eggs, 3 slices of cheddar cheese and 6 slices of bacon. Talk about a burger. It included fries and cole slaw, plus I had about 3 or 4 beers besides. The folks I was with couldn't believe that I ate everything without any problem. Obviously, they hadn't seen me eat before then.
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Originally Posted by big chainring
Took a ride on the North Branch path today. Beautiful late afternoon sun.

Nice! What was the distance you covered on the ride?
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Originally Posted by photogravity
Nice stuff jbchybridrider! It just seems unfair to me, that while I'm getting ready for winter, you're just gearing up for your spring and summer riding.

The picture of beehive corner is really neat. It looks like a quaint building. Are other buildings in the area similar in style?
Yeah it's not a bad life here except the picturesque green hills turn to brown in summer, at least the roads are the same.
Normally the hybrid forum sees my city rides, it would be nice to show more of it over here. Adelaide is the smallest main land capital and that's how we like it here. We've held onto our early history with most buildings being rather vintage and gothic in design with some modern buildings in the mix, but still no skyscrapers.
Adelaide's also known for wide open city park lands and friendly nature so you'd be right at home here I think.
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Last year I commuted 1000 miles on my Peugeot UO8, a bike I bought new in '72, the only new bike I've ever bought (for myself). But I haven't ridden it so much lately, and the reason, besides the fact that I now have too many bikes , is that the original saddle had gotten so uncomfortable. So last week I installed my favorite inexpensive saddle, a WTB Speed V. Today I rode the UO8 on my 25mile round-trip commute and re-discovered how much I like it. It's not the fastest, lightest bike in my stable, but it's still sweet.

Of course it's been upgraded. The only original parts are the frame and fork, the brakes and levers, the headset, the pedals, and the stem. Most of the other parts are still decades old. The Simplex shift levers aren't original but that's because I replaced the stem shifters with DT shifters around 1973, and those "new" levers are still in service. The derailleurs are Suntour Vx, perhaps the best inexpensive pieces ever made. It carries a Jim Blackburn rack from the 80's, I think, and a Union bottle generator I bought for it around '73, powering awesome new B&M LED lights. I had installed an alloy Simplex seatpost back in the 80's, and an alloy handlebar last year. The front wheel is one I built before last year's commute season, and the rear was built by a friend back in the 80's. The crank is a VeloOrange compact double. The tires, chain and freewheel are consumables so they don't count. So except for the lights and crank it really is a working C&V bike.

Today the weather was dark and overcast so I ran both directions of the commute with the generator running, lights aglow fore and aft. I got a bit wet from the mist this morning, but otherwise really enjoyed the trip. Lots of leaves down.

On the return I'd pedaled about 2 miles from work when I came upon another cyclist staring at the back end of his bike as if trying figure out what was wrong. I offered to help and he said he'd fixed a flat but must have re-installed the rear wheel incorrectly. I looked it over, discovered that he had just pulled the RD too far back and hadn't pushed it back into place. I got him straightened out and he was really grateful. We spoke for a few minutes and he asked where I was headed. I said the Attleboro train station, which prompted him to ask when it left out of concern that I'd be late. I said about 20 after 6, which meant I had 1 hr 15 min to go about 10 miles. We spoke briefly about the route, why I was heading south on the particular road instead of down rt116 (I was picking up the Blackstone bikeway). He said he was riding <mumble, some ride, perhaps Jamestown?> on Sunday. I wished him luck. We shook hands and he rode off.

I had no trouble catching the train, made it to the station by 6:10. It was a great day.
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Nice! What was the distance you covered on the ride?
I do about 25 miles. Part roads, part path. It's a great time of year to be on the path, with the trees in full color.
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42 miles yesterday broken into two rides on the Gitane Sprint. Getting usd to the quill adapter and longer stem - just still cringe everytime I look at it. The second ride was into town (10 miles) to see my son's soccer game. Always nice to actually get the opportunity to ride into town for something like that - doesn't happen nearly enough thanks to kids activities.
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Foggy on the way to work (not just my head).

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Foggy on the way to work (not just my head).
Nice picture of your Portage... The fog adds to the atmosphere.
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Brunswick To Boonsboro

Today, I rode from home to just a little west of Boonsboro MD so I could pick up my car from the shop. I had dropped it off Sunday evening and rather than bother my wife to take me I decided to just ride the bike and get it. The total distance was only about 21 miles, but I climbed 1165 feet over the ride because I needed to ride over South Mountain. The guy at the shop assumed I had rode up the "bike route" which is a well travelled road with cars travelling at 60 MPH, but was surprised when I told him my route taking the less travelled two lane roads. In any case, it was a nice ride overall. I'm really starting to learn some nice roads in the area.


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Great pics photogravity!
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^^ Thanks JJScaliger! I'm not sure they're great, but at least they capture the ride, which is the important part.
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Pleasant Valley Pedal

Yesterday, I planned a ride for today of around 40 miles doing a mostly new route. The idea was that I'd be up and pedaling by 7 AM. Well, I didn't really execute as I would have liked today. I started the ride at 8:20 AM, nearly 1-1/2 hours late, and then discovered once I got in the midst of the ride that the hills were far more steep than what I bargained for, which means I rode up the hills very slowly. More than once, when I thought I had hit the top of the hill, it started climbing even more. It was a big challenge, for sure. In any case, because I got a late start and needed to get back home, I cut the ride short ending up with only 23 miles of the planned route being ridden. Over the course of those miles I climbed over 1,600 feet, with some grades approaching 11%! No wonder my legs were screaming.


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