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Old 09-29-13, 10:29 AM
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On Saturday, I finished my first full century...with a group of friends...we rode the Chief Ladiga Trail (Alabama) and the Silver Comet Trail (Georgia). This is the longest paved rail trail in the US (at least that is the claim!). The Ladiga does about 32 miles and the Comet does 62. We did an 8 mile "loop de loop" to assure we got the full 100 miles. Pictures are posted on a Facebook page that I created just for this ride:
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I discovered an old railway path today. It's not officially a "rail trail" but appears to be maintained by the power company. Runs about 6 miles I'd say with a couple of stream crossings.
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47 miles today on the Gitane. Sunny and cool, high around 65 degrees. I rode through my usual haunts of Scituate, Harmony and Glocester RI.

Cool old built-in stone stairs in Harmony RI



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My friend just bought a Bike Friday NWT and we went for a spin this afternoon... there wasn't any other choice for me but to take Forrest out for today's ride.

We live in a city with the largest park system in North America so we rode east and stayed on the high side of the river before descending down and took a little break as what goes down must go back up, both bikes have stump pulling low gears so that was not a problem and it was only a 12 mile loop.





Forrest turned 40 in June of this year... he does okay for an old geezer and matched up well with that young whippersnapper.
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A light 20 mile ride this afternoon, 20 miles, on the 87 Bridgestone 550

The trail downtown, separate from sidewalk and buffered from traffic...still have to watch it at every corner and for idiot pedestrians just stepping in front of you.

The St Pete Yacht Basin Downtown, Tampa Bay

The Trop...Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay RAYS...GO RAYS!
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We managed 36.6 tandem miles today. That counts as 73.2, right? Three rafts of migrating geese in migrating-V formation dive-bombed us. One lucky goose got direct hits on both of us. Had to stop and clean up.
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Birds ARE headed south, saw a good sized flock of grackles yesterday....does that mean I get to turn OFF my A/C next month?
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Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove, MN

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Thank heavens Summer is over in Phoenix. Temperatures are nicely tolerable in the low 90s and 70s in the evenings. Took advantage of the cooler temps by going out for a sunset ride on the Benotto. Threw on some LED lights for the dark return leg. Haven't ridden all Summer and it showed.


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Jeff: Thanks for the comment! I still deed to change the bar and tape to get closer to period correct. I thought I would need to change the pedals to the LOOK's but when I pulled my shoes out of the box, they had cleats on them already! Man its been.....30+ years since using toe straps! You know the saying about once riding a bike you always know.....

Bill: Bike Fridays are acutually pretty cool. I wish I still had the one I repaired and sold. Hard to turn down a 300% profit though. Mine had drop bars and a Capreo rear cassette with the 9 tooth. Although it folds, it is not a commuter bike, definitely a folding touring bike with lots of stability with reasonable weight (27 lbs) and good handling.
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This evening.
This stretch of road was actually part of the coarse at the norwegian championship a couple of years ago








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Alas, I can contribute no pics today, certainly none the equal to everything else here!

I just rode my commute today. I chose my upgraded Peugeot UO-8 from back in 1972, the only bike I ever bought new. It has lights and a generator, seein' as how the sun is pretty low now when I get back to the train station.

Riding impressions: It's always been pretty responsive, especially considering the price. Even running the generator my transit times today were about what they are on my sleeker, faster, shinier bikes. On the other hand, I was hammering on the way home because, true to form, my boss wanted to talk about something just as I was putting on my helmet to leave.

I did the climb up toward the Northeast Regional Airport and the run down Wilbur Rd. That's the one JJS said worried him about burning out his brake pads. Its slightly twisty, definitely bumpy, and with several pitches nearing 20% grade. On that road the UO8's lower-level heritage (on 27" alloy wheels, 28mm tires) showed through. The bumps weren't hard on me but it wasn't as stable as either the Masi (on 700c 23's), or the Bianchi or the Centurion (both on 700c 25's). I don't know how much difference the tires made but I suspect it wasn't much.

I rode the brakes for more of it than I do on the other bikes, so my top speed was in the mid-20's. Even running the swoopies through Limerock it didn't feel quite as locked down. However the final death-wish downhill on Cullen Hill Rd is smooth and straight. I hit 32.2mph on that part, still braking earlier than I might on another bike, and the faithful UO-8 felt more at home, more stable. The Mafacs did their part okay, but they aren't quite up to either the Campys, the newer Shimanos, or the Tektros.
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Jim, I put Mafacs with Kool Stops on my Super Course which has alloy rims. I made the transverse cables short for extra leverage. The brakes are every bit as good as the best brakes on my other bikes.
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Originally Posted by Hudson308
Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove, MN

Nice pic.

That Sumac is glowing already.
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On Sunday, I went for the last club Sunday Leisure Ride of the season--at least officially as a few of us are planning at least one more ride in October before the winter CUPPA (CoUch Potato Prevention Act) rides ensue.

Ride Leader and his wife made a wonderful lasagna dinner. He stayed and cooked, which was fortunate for him because it rained cats and dogs this weekend in the Northwest. I swear I saw an alligator making it's way down the street.

The last ride is also open to non-riding spouses, kids, and family. Shortest route was 2 miles, around the neighborhood.

Asked my 12 year old, and he said yes. I think it was the lasagna dinner that drew him.

Had not previously taken him out on club rides, and in fact I'd not taken him out onto the bike lanes of busier streets. Mostly stayed in the neighborhood on side streets.

We rode the 3 miles from home to the start of the ride, in the wet, and a bit chilly. He didn't complain, and rode right along. He stayed on the sidewalks for the first part of the ride, and then a little towards the end.

I realized that his 20" single speed is just WAY too small for him. He hasn't complained about it, but it was very evident that he needs a bigger bike. He stands about 5'1" and around 100 pounds. Had been thinking a 24" road or MTB, but now I'm thinking a road or commuter with 700Cs and a frame size in the 43cm to 49cm range might be a better choice.

Another regular had a flat to be changed, and then we wrangled to get his front V-brake adjusted. He rides a tandem by himself, interesting story there, and I thought perhaps I'd get my son on the back of the tandem. Two of them, more power, should be able to ride a good distance. Unfortunately, it didn't work out very well. My son's balance might have been off a bit. Decided we'd just ride the 2 miles, and let him take his bike.

Warmed up for dinner, and he proved very entertaining to all. Lots of more fair weather riding friends and club members for dinner. There were just the 3 of us who rode Sunday: me, my son, and the tandem guy

After fed and warmed, we rode the 3 miles home. I realized that the bike needs fenders if it's to be used in foul weather, and I realized that water is a magnet for a kid on a bike. "Ride over here, out of the water. Are you trying to ride upon every drop of water between here and home?" I think the answer was a muffled yes.

He did well on the streets with bike lanes, staying in the bike lane, if meandering from side to side in the bike lane. On the side streets, I was a little more concerned as he seemed to lack lane discipline there.

While riding home at one point, he asked if he could ride in the lane with me. Of course. We rode side by side, in the lane, and I told him just to ride and relax and I would watch my helmet mirror for traffic behind us. Also told him not to worry about hand signals just yet, and instead just watch my signals so he knew where to turn.

Told him about "car back" so that he wouldn't panic or worry. Just slip over into the bike lane, or the right half of the lane, and I would slip in behind him. Towards the end, he was looking over his shoulder for a car and the chance to call, "Car Back!" Also, without prompting or direction from me, he was insistent upon waving to every motorist.
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What a great ride report, kengrubb. thanks for posting this
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Thanks Kengrubb, glad I'm not the only parent worried about their "Little One" and their ride abilities...now I'm more concerned with my WIFE'S riding ability than my son's! He got into road biking at about 12..after having a BMX for 3 years and riding it 2 or 3 times, he did not care for it, and rode a Razor. (he is one handed, no left arm below elbow, so BMX was just too uncomfortable) But at 12, he found an old Takara in the back of the garage, HIS size....and he liked that. Here we are, 3 years later, he is riding an 86 Team Fuji (with aerobars...that way his short arm has a firm place to ride), he is 5'7" and almost 100lbs...has done a 50 mile ride with me, regularly does 10, 15, 20 mile rides.
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The local paper had an article about a new park that was opened with bike/hike trails and improvements. This had previously been a neglected area with old refrigerators and other junk. So I rode the Diamondback down there to check it out. It was a good ride- some pics:

Southern California, minus the freeways and urban sprawl is actually a desert:



The local government made the developers build these recreational paths around new areas of housing. If this were 1887, it would be a superhighway!


A path in the new park:


Nice shady Pepper tree, a good place to stop and get a drink:


This is my most favorite kind of off road riding:
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You folks have ridden a lot of great places and taken a lot of great photos in the 3 weeks that I have been away from home, camping in New Mexico.
It was mainly a hiking vacation but I got in a couple of rides:

On a Fire Road at 11,000' Looking Down Into the Rio Grande Valley


Aspen Trees on the Same Ride in the Sangre de Christo Mountains


A Historic "Ring Ranch" Building in the Valle Vidal


Trail in the Valle Vidal


A Little Car Trouble in Nevada on the Way Home


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I just rode my commute again. 27 mile round trip on this:


Golden glow while the engine refuels:


Fall foliage has started in New ENgland:
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I've been riding a miter saw and nail gun lately
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Got a chance to commute in the Spokane WA area since I'm here for work this week. Last time I commuted here was in 2000 before I moved away. 25 miles total - so not a lot of distance but relaxing and fun since I don't have a job where I can commute to work normally. Brought the tank Trek 800 for the commute today and used the Spectrum on Monday for a separate 21 mile ride before dinner with coworkers.

After 4 miles on city streets I jumped on the Centennial River Trail which is definitely nicer east of town then heading west (as I did on Monday).

The tank with smaller panniers with shoes, laptop, notepads, light jacket and work clothes.





Views like this periodically sure make a nice commute

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Very nice work, RB.

We do hope you'll be riding something considerably less stationary on the upcoming Cape Code ride!
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Rode my commute again today. Took the '73 Raleigh Gran Sport. It was wonderful. The weather was clear and sunny when I left the house this morning, still sunny when I got off the train. But it clouded over before I got to work. And a hour or so later it started pouring rain at the office. Then about 2PM it stopped raining! The ride back to the station was soggy from wet roads but otherwise not a problem.

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Jim, I put Mafacs with Kool Stops on my Super Course which has alloy rims. I made the transverse cables short for extra leverage. The brakes are every bit as good as the best brakes on my other bikes.
Oh, I didn't mean to imply that the Mafacs didn't stop well. They do! But they don't seem quite a linear as the Campy sidepulls on the Masi or the Tektro DPs on the Bianchi, and they take just a little more lever pressure. More importantly, they are noisy. At a slow stopping rate they are quiet but as I squeeze harder they hit a threshold where they squeal, especially the rear. Braking hard on Wilbur Rd is a real noise fest! If the bike has been sitting for a while it seems worse, but a long run down a steep hill will quiet them down.

I had ridden the UO-8 again on Wednesday and thought about why its handling was less stable. The rear felt harder on the bumps, but the front softer. Maybe the Blackburn rack on the rear adds stiffness, but more likely the frame really is stiffer because the hi-ten steel means the tube walls are thicker. The fork would probably be more flexible than the fork of a more expensive frame.

I rode the Gran Sport (also with 27" wheels but 25mm tires instead of the UO-8's 28) today specifically to take it down Wilbur Rd for a comparison. The wet road surface made me a bit cautious but it handled everything with aplomb. I do believe the frame makes a difference. Sure, the UO-8 is heavier, but most riding I do wouldn't show the handling differences like this.
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