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Old 07-07-13, 06:07 PM
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I rode 47 miles on the De Rosa today. Man it was hot! 92, but not quite as humid as it has been. I did some hills in CT. 1650' elevation gain.





seas of corn


road through Pachaug State Park



There was snow on the road last time I was here in March.

hills in CT



I showed this down hill who was boss.
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Great pictures as always JJS.
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went to visit friends up in Sonoma County over the weekend. brought the bike and got a little riding in too. I sure do miss those trails and the peaceful scenery. So many of the trails down here in Orange county are so urban and busy. O well until next time.




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went to visit friends up in Sonoma County over the weekend. brought the bike and got a little riding in too. I sure do miss those trails and the peaceful scenery. So many of the trails down here in Orange county are so urban and busy. O well until next time.




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Rode my '87 Schwinn Tempo on the Scenic Covered Bridge route - this was taken on the Rail-trail that goes by Dorena Lake in Cottage Grove, Oregon. My BFF and I made quite a sight - her on a carbon fiber Madone, and me with my steel steed, DT shifters, and gumwalls.

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Ho hum, another commute. Outran a thunderstorm on the way back to the train station this afternoon. The humidity was so high that...<fill in the blank>. Otherwise it was just another day at the office.
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Frustrating day - nothing in the legs so it was a go slow and take photo day in the hills:





"Gateway to the wilderness"



This little rattler was only 18 inches or so long (3-4 rattles) and was on the road as I went past about a foot away.

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Simply breathtakingly beautiful, Anton!
+1 such a gorgeous part of the country. The idea of meandering rides on unkown roads is really quite enchanting.
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Great pics Scozim! I love the towering trees and the little rattler!

I rode 38 miles today on my Gitane. 75 degrees, humid and overcast. Kind of a short ride for my day off, but there was torrential rain this morning in RI, so I was happy to get in anything.

Some pics from Old Plainfield Pike, one of my favorite local roads.

old farm gate



old barn



rock formation


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Met up with fellow C&Ver Wildwood, who came over for some hiking and cycling in my part of the world, the Olympic Peninsula, and we decided to ride out to my mom's house on Lake Crescent and grill up a steak dinner on the lakeside. It's about 18 miles from Port Angeles to Lake Crescent via the fabled Hwy 101, with just enough climbing and descending to make it interesting, but not enough to make it a grind. Sometimes I'll bike out there after work and spend the night, then ride back in the morning straight to work.

Here's Wildwood at the Elwha River overlook on Hwy 101; what's down there in the flats used to be Lake Aldwell, before they removed the Elwha River dams to restore the river to prime steelhead and salmon habitat. The bike he's posing with is my '72 Super Course which I acquired from him last February when he decided to dump all his rusty old junk and just keep the the real gems of his collection. I was happy to offer him a few stale crumbs of bread and a couple free nights at my hotel in exchange for great huge heaps of vintage 531, Tange 2 and Ishiwata 022 framed bikes and misc parts. Not visible is the full Arabesque drivetrain which I quickly installed on the "weird green" thing after discarding the hodge-podge of original plastic Simplex gear, boat anchor Nervar steel crank and downmarket Sunrace shifters that were on the bike when I received it. That's a Brooks Professional in place of the springy, plasticky vynil-y mattress seat that was there earlier. I'm thinking this wasn't one of Wildwood's favorite bikes, but it's on its way to becoming one of mine despite the dorky English 64/57 geometry.


Another stop along the way is Granny's Cafe, where I typically sugar-up on a double serve of chocolate ice cream (see my avatar). It seems they always have some top-heavy, hot little number working the ice cream window here. Perhaps a lesson in Marketing 101, on Hwy 101? I told her "Come out a little closer and really show off those tasty scoops." I don't think she was quite amused as she looks here.


Here I am posing with Wildwood's Macalu (?) titanium wonder on my mom's dock. It's all bespangled with Campy Chorus Triple and brifterized ten-speed goodness, but alas, equipped with fancy roadie Look pedals for which I have not the proper footgear. As such, I was unable to take out on the twisty local roads and give it the proper thrashing it so so rightly deserved. So I decided to strike an heroic pose with it instead.


Anyone who'd like to come out and ride (not too fast) on some of the local roads and off-road trails (we've got a lot of them) should feel free to contact me through PM and we'll see if we can get together. Can't promise I'll wine and dine you like I did with Wildwood, but if you want to give me super deals on your extra-large, excess vintage bikes the odds of that increase greatly.
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"Come out a little closer and really show off those tasty scoops."
spoken like a proper caveman
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I don't want to hear about your steak dinners... here in Switzerland you have to see to believe the price of beef, not to mention the small portions!!!
Today I rode to Baden, which is where I live, but I took the long way. Actually, I was scoping out a workout ride, which I think is going to work pretty well, just under 30km and most of the distance covered on Landstrassen, so good pavement, moderate grades, and few traffic lights. I finished up in town and had lunch at Mr. Pickwick, the brown building near the centre of the photo. My 87 Miyata 312 is in the distance to the left. The photo of the fountain I took from my table at Mr. Pickwick. There's actually a small "cover charge", to be paid at the end this route, which can't be helped, as my apartment is up the hill a ways from the town centre; so, while the distance is only 1km or so once I get onto the road, there's about 100m elevation gain. So far I've been able to hold down my food & my beer while making this climb, after finishing lunch and chillaxin for a bit.

[edit] I added a gratuitious photo overlooking the city from near the top of my climb, not taken the same day as my ride, I confess.






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Old 07-14-13, 01:20 PM
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Yesterday I drove about an hour away from home to experience some new roads.
Ended up with an about 85 k rural ride







A medevil, so called, stave church, only found in Norway I belive.








From a bridge over a river I criss crossed a few times





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I rode this morning to beat the heat. Got in 39 miles on the Gitane Interclub. I'm starting to really hit a rhythm on this bike. The Brooks saddle is getting more and more comfortable and I'm getting better performance out of the 5 speed freewheel; smoother shifts, knowing which gears I can push over hills.





Saw a faux crocodile on a wrong turn. I'm glad I went that way!





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Just a short 18 miler this morning, but what a nice day for it.

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JJS, nice pics as usual! There be some strange beasts in RI, it seems.

I had wanted to do a long solo ride today and my sweetie had graciously agreed to stay at home and do some much needed gardening instead of us taking the tandem out. But the tandem has been making some odd noises lately so I took the headset apart last night. What I found needed some shop work, alas, and ideally some very scarce NLM (No Longer Made) parts for a 28mm x 1tpmm threaded steerer tube. So I shortened the ride in order to get the bike over to my favorite LBS.

35.9 miles on the Gran Criterium, a bike which has been whimpering in the basement for too long. Home (Waltham) through Lexington, Bedford, Concord, up toward Carlisle but for a shortcut on Skeleton Rd (How would I pass up that opportunity? ) over to rt225, back to Bedord and a slightly different return route home.

No grandiose mountain vistas or rockagators, but I did get a few pics of stone and fields. Concord Memorial on the common:



The view over Hutchins Organic Farm and the Concord River Valley which comprises a large chunk of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge:

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Great ride photos everyone! Beautiful countryside from all corners of the globe.
This is the next best thing while it's the non-riding season where I am.
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Something strange happening here in the UK - a straight week of sunny weather! I've stuck some Michelin Pro3 Race tyres on the Ron Cooper to see how I feel about white walls (as opposed to the gum walls that were on there previously) and took it out for 54 miles through the Kent countryside today. Bumped into some cows. I think they approved.

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The Oldest Bikes in the Tour?

On Saturday, my new friend and I signed up at the last minute to participate in the 40 mile Helluva Ride in Chelsea, Michigan. The weather was perfect and it was a huge event with 1500+ participants, with rides from 15-100 miles. At the break stations and on the road, my friend and I remarked that it appeared we were on the only pair of vintage steel bikes and also the only ones not wearing any form of spandex kit. These riders must have made a stop in Chelsea on their way to France. My companion looked lovely in her chosen apparel!

She rode her Peugeot mixte, since modified with drop bars and nice brown tape. She got several admiring comments from men, about her mixte, probably the only mixte in the entire ride. I rode my 1986 Trek Cirrus 520, which just had bullhorns and mtn shifters taken off in favor of drop bars and barcons. Sorry, too lazy to take ride photos. The only other steel bike that I noticed was a Surly.




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Today, rode the San Diego River bike path, which is a patchwork conglomeration of rough pavement, potholes and overgrown bushes. This is the western end of it, Dog beach.

There are some nice scenes, though.


I rode this bike..should have ridden the mountain bike, bit it was Bastille Day, so.. Next time.
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I was in Mazama this weekend for a family reunion. My second time over the North Cascades highway this summer.

My son and I were up early on Saturday for a ride up to Washington Pass

It was chilly until the sun rose above the mountains around us

My son on the final pitch up Washington pass


One of the greatest joys in life is being able to spend time with my son doing something we both love. We stopped for a photo at the top then made a quick descent back for breakfast at the cabin with the rest of the family.

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A medevil, so called, stave church, only found in Norway I belive.
Very distinctive Norwegian design. Absolutely beautiful.
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It was a desperation/necessity ride so, I didn't take any pics. My wife & I planned a ride yesterday with our neighbors; but she won't ride anything but our tandem, which had been hanging in a friend's garage, a 30ish mile ride away. Like idiot I am(I play the mandolin too), I waited until the last minute to go after it. After giving it a general tuneup & raiding my buddy's refrigerator for a snack, I set off on a route that would take me through central suburban New Jersey, across the George Washington Bridge and down the Hudson Greenway to west 18th st.
So, it was from Upper Montclair, through Clifton, across the Passaic River into Garfield, Saddle Brook, Lodi (which, had I gone earlier in the day, I'd have been able to have a nice mid-ride hang at the Original Bike Shop) then down the hill into Hackensack, then Bogota and the somewhat epic climb up Ft Lee Road in Leonia.
We have a mid 70s Follis 650B Tandem, which is a joy to ride solo. What would have been a nice romp across the 'burbs to the bridge was slowed down drastically due to a micro puncture. No patch kit, no spare tube & it was 11:30pm, so no bike shop either. Fortunately, just a slow leak so I had to pump it up about every 5 miles and hobble home. The GWB was closed by the time I got there, so I had to turn south to Hoboken and put it on the PATH train.

I'll take pics on the next tandem outing and/or when we go to lay it up for the winter again.
In the mean time, here's our lovely machine taking up half the kitchen of our flat in Chelsea:

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Originally Posted by northbend
I was in Mazama this weekend for a family reunion. My second time over the North Cascades highway this summer.

My son and I were up early on Saturday for a ride up to Washington Pass

It was chilly until the sun rose above the mountains around us

My son on the final pitch up Washington pass


One of the greatest joys in life is being able to spend time with my son doing something we both love. We stopped for a photo at the top then made a quick descent back for breakfast at the cabin with the rest of the family.
Fantastic! I wish I lived close to my dad.

All you guys with mountain scenery are making me jealous!
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