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Old 12-22-12, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by IthaDan
Is that the park at the end of that rails to trails path (felix...?) that starts in Mansaquan? I was on that this summer when the family was vacationing in Lavalette. Surprisingly cool area (the spur up to the area with the athletic fields was the highlight).

When I was at the park, I met a very very cool older gentleman who was a volunteer at the railroad museum there. He had a custom serrotta and something else in the back of his honda fit sized car. He went on to tell me he picked up a european racing bike when he was in europe for the war. He also mentioned his 1938 paramount track bike. The next day he was leading a group ride with the... new jersey wheelmen maybe? Anyone know who I'm talking about? I've been trying to reconnect with him, but the internet is only so useful for things like this.

If I'm back down there next summer, which is pretty unlikely considering the state of the rental houses, I'll be sure to hang out with that guy, seems like a true C&V nut- just as C&V himself as his rides.
Yes, I know the gentleman you are talking about. i believe his name is Pete and he hangs out at Brick Bikes in my home town of Brick,NJ. He helped me take off a pair of Zeus cranks, he was nice enough to grind down one of his own sockets to fit the cranks. he shared the same war stories, spoke of the Paramount and buying his first bike in England. He had the Serotta with him when I met him, facinating and nice gentleman.

As far as the park you visited, yes that was Allaire, however the good mountain bike trails are on the other side of the River from the Historic village that you probably visited. the Bike path is nice, however to short.
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I did the Saturday breakfast ride this morning.



That's BFer nkfrench at the front of the pack in the pic above



We ended up in downtown Fort Worth







The young man on the right rode with us for the first time in several years. He started his riding career with us when he was 11 on a Wal-Mart Schwinn his grandma bought for him. He's now 17 and riding with the Garmin Junior team.



He said he didn't want to take his helmet off because he had a terrible case of helmet hair.

I ended up with 43 miles for the day. Everyone else was in their spandex riding geared bikes. I was in jeans, riding my fixie.
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Old 12-23-12, 05:11 PM
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We did 36 miles on the tandem today. Temps in the mid to upper 30's, partly cloudy skies, light traffic. My sweetie/stoker ordered some new wind and rain shells for us, and they sure kept us warm! The bike looks a lot smaller when we're wearing yellow.



One of the seasonal sights on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail:

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Old 12-23-12, 06:38 PM
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Today I rode a variation of the annual Phoenix Turkey Day Ride. This ride starts at Camelback and Central in Phoenix and goes straight through downtown ending on the summit of South Mountain. We added the San Juan Lookout excursion bringing the total ride mileage to 47 miles with 2,461 feet of ascent. Perfect weather.

I have to add this ride absolutely crushed me! Very strenuous with the combination of distance and climbing. I had to take a short nap to recover when I got home! Here are some pic's from the ride:



The ramada at San Juan Lookout




The long slog up South Mountain. The television towers in the distance is where I'm heading.




Getting closer, the end is in sight.




Success! The last section of the road to the towers steepens just as you're running out of gas. Brutal.




The view of metropolitan Phoenix from the summit. That's Camelback Mountain in the distance.




My bike.




Weird smoke on the north side of South Mountain.
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Originally Posted by Saguaro

Looks as though you had some strength left for some celebratory donuts in the parking lot Good show - the pics convey the steepness at the very end of the ride only too well - now I'm a little scared!

What did I do today? Recovery-slept from 1100 to 2300; I had a long rainy and sometimes snowy drive down from WA.

I'll be posting pics on the "Diego Garcia" thread for those interested.

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
Looks as though you had some strength left for some celebratory donuts in the parking lot Good show - the pics convey the steepness at the very end of the ride only too well - now I'm a little scared!

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"Celebratory donuts", ha! good one! And the strange smoke is from my burnouts also
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Old 12-24-12, 08:48 AM
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Great pics of the car-less day ride up SM, Saguaro! Look so different with no vehicles around. Now I'm thinking about my 49th BD ride on the 27th.....hmmm, wonder if I can summit SM as part of my 49 miles?
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Great pics of the car-less day ride up SM, Saguaro! Look so different with no vehicles around. Now I'm thinking about my 49th BD ride on the 27th.....hmmm, wonder if I can summit SM as part of my 49 miles?
Sure you can! You already have the small chain ring on, just need to get those brakes working. And you WILL need those brakes to work coming down off the summit!

This was my first Silent Sunday ride and the lack of cars makes a huge difference. What was surprising was there weren't many cyclists either. We were puzzled by that given the prime riding conditions. We figured everyone was out doing last minute shopping. Except us!
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Originally Posted by Vonruden
Yes, I know the gentleman you are talking about. i believe his name is Pete and he hangs out at Brick Bikes in my home town of Brick,NJ. He helped me take off a pair of Zeus cranks, he was nice enough to grind down one of his own sockets to fit the cranks. he shared the same war stories, spoke of the Paramount and buying his first bike in England. He had the Serotta with him when I met him, facinating and nice gentleman.

As far as the park you visited, yes that was Allaire, however the good mountain bike trails are on the other side of the River from the Historic village that you probably visited. the Bike path is nice, however to short.
Thanks for this.

We did indeed make it to the historic village. Kind of limited ride options with 4 generations of cyclists. It's never occurred to me to bring a mtb, but the next time I'm down there, I'll be sure to check out those trails.
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I ran a couple of errands for my wife, and stretched it out to a 32 mile ride.



Even stopped for lunch.

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Old 12-24-12, 06:14 PM
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I rode 62 miles yesterday, in more beautiful weather than last week (a cold front came through, dropping both temp and humidity. I took the new ride this time, a '92 Schwinn/Panasonic Paramount.




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I rode a considerable distance in an amazingly short time....in my living room.
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warmed up a little bit and finally quit raining so I could make it out to kennsaw mountain for some hill repeats. some much needed stress relief!






a really fun road in either direction!
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize
I rode 62 miles yesterday, in more beautiful weather than last week (a cold front came through, dropping both temp and humidity
Your cold front sure looks different from ours!

We did another 31 on the tandem, temperature in the mid-30's. It was fun.
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Meandered my way through about 50 miles today, just going by places I remembered from my young-adulthood. I visited my old high school and a couple of engineering/architectural offices I worked at back in my previous (and short-lived) career.

30 years after graduation, posing in front of Moon Valley High School's Administration building:



At my coffee stop - it was a little nippy, but not too bad:



This used to be the second office in which I was employed as a draftsman/designer in the mid-80s: Surface Engineering/Haver, Nunn and Collamer Architects:



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Old 12-26-12, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude

This used to be the second office in which I was employed as a draftsman/designer in the mid-80s: Surface Engineering/Haver, Nunn and Collamer Architects:



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Cool! So you spent some time in the business.

Great article here on Modern Phoenix about Jimmie Nunn:

https://www.modernphoenix.net/haver/nunnbiography.htm

Haver and Nunn had it together when it came to architectural design.

Also, nice bike!
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Work and vacation brought me to Oahu, and did a couple climbs of Makapuu Point riding out to Waimanalo. Unedited and long, but key points are around 3:00 and 12:00 on, with views from top and views during descent. Shot with my new GoPro Hero3 Black edition camera.

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Mount hamilton today. Coyote Creek trail yesterday. Got about 100 miles in during the past 24 hours. Ill take it.

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I rode 60 miles today, north to the coast and back again, sans camera. Tomorrow I plan to ride to another part of the coast, further east, for 100 miles round trip.
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I rode from San Francisco up through Larkspur and Novato to Vallejo, then back down around through Richmond to take BART from West Oakland station back to my car in San Francisco. 112 miles for me on my '82 custom Gordon with a new 28T granny chainring fitted to a Campy Super Record crank (freshly drilled to accept it by Elliot Bay Bicycles).

I really needed the 31.5" gear to get up those hills! And the Suntour Cyclone GT rear derailleur worked as good as I remembered it from a previous bike in the late '70s. I just have to learn how to shift again, with style! The Campy downtube shifter for the front has just enough range to cover three chainrings.

Two of out group of seven started at 4:30 in downtown San Jose. They met up with four others in Palo Alto at 6 and I joined at 9 by the Ferry Building. Those starting in SJ will probably get 185 miles in today (as they continued down through Fremont and Milpitas toward home), with about 175 for those starting in Palo Alto. Great weather. "Around the Whole Bay in a Single Day!!!" 2 fixies (a guy and a girl), 1 7 speed, a '70s 10-speed Schwinn Continental with upgrades, 2 modern road bikes, and me with old school 15.

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I rode from San Francisco up through Larkspur and Novato to Vallejo, then back down around through Richmond to take BART from West Oakland station back to my car in San Francisco. 112 miles for me on my '82 custom Gordon with a new 28T granny chainring fitted to a Campy Super Record crank (freshly drilled to accept it by Elliot Bay Bicycles). I really needed the 31.5" gear to get up those hills! And the Suntour Cyclone GT rear derailleur worked as good as I remembered it from a previous bike in the late '70s. I just have to learn how to shift again, with style! The Campy downtube shifter for the front has just enough range to cover three chainrings.Two of out group of seven started at 4:30 in downtown San Jose. They met up with four others in Palo Alto at 6 and I joined at 9 by the Ferry Building. Those starting in SJ will probably get 185 miles in today (as they continued down through Fremont and Milpitas toward home), with about 175 for those starting in Palo Alto. Great weather. "Around the Whole Bay in a Single Day!!!" 2 fixies (a guy and a girl), 1 7 speed, a '70s 10-speed Schwinn Continental with upgrades, 2 modern road bikes, and me with old school 15.
Whoa, cool. Is that a regular thing? That might be fun to try sometime.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie
I ran a couple of errands for my wife, and stretched it out to a 32 mile ride.

...or is it that you went for a mile ride and it took another 31 to get the rod brakes to stop?

The Old Gentlemen looks rather fetching in its refresh. Quite quite.
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Short ride around the upper valley. Got my last flat of the year today. Not complaining though. It was a good year. In addition to some sublime rides in many areas of my own state of Washington, I rode in Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Montana and Hawaii. I met and rode with a number of fine C&V forumites this year. I tested myself in some new ways this year riding above 10,000 FT and racing a mountain bike 100 miles on singletrack. Yea, it's been a good year. I really have enjoyed the C&V forum, reading of your rides, bikes and special talents. You are an inspiration to me.
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Short ride around the upper valley. Got my last flat of the year today. Not complaining though. It was a good year. In addition to some sublime rides in many areas of my own state of Washington, I rode in Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Montana and Hawaii. I met and rode with a number of fine C&V forumites this year. I tested myself in some new ways this year riding above 10,000 FT and racing a mountain bike 100 miles on singletrack. Yea, it's been a good year. I really have enjoyed the C&V forum, reading of your rides, bikes and special talents. You are an inspiration to me.
I think you're the inspiration for many of us! Great rides and fantastic photos throughout the year.
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