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Old 11-29-13, 04:29 PM
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That trek looks fantastic. Quite a reach for you to the DT shifters apparently.
Thanks. The reach really isn't bad...from the tops I can let my arm hang naturally and I can easily finger the levers. From the drops I can palm them. Beauty of the old 5-6 freewheels is that you don't shift as much.
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Old 11-29-13, 04:41 PM
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Nice pics WNG and ROGER M.
Gonna be a looong winter
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Old 11-29-13, 05:38 PM
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Oceanside Harbor (shorter south side, instead of the longer north side) -- got caught in light rain for most of the 25-mile round trip, despite forecast for "slight" chance of scattered drizzle. I rode the Bianchi, but the Schwinn mountain bike would arguably have been a better choice for the inclement weather. I did have a good time, though, and that's the bottom line.
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Old 11-30-13, 02:24 PM
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Temp in Chicago was upper 30s/lower 40s, so I was able to squeeze in one last ride up the North Shore. Did a quick 32-miler to put me over 1400 miles for the year. Beautiful day for riding!

Skokie Lagoons are iced over - it was in the 20s/30s for the last 10 days.




Some pumpkins on thin ice...




Did a climb on the "forbidden" road to the Glencoe beach. Steep with a couple of switchbacks - usually off-limits to bikes and the poor.




A couple of famous movie location houses - can you name them?






Taking a break on a bluff over the lake

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Nice pics!! Ya I did a 25 mile ride around the St. Louis mo area today. Temp was a perfect 52 degrees. : )
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33 miles today down to Grey Cloud Island and a bit of Afton. Lots of trains hauling oil out of North Dakota, and a pic of an eagle's nest in the Mississippi backwater. I've been kinda sick the last few days, so left the house feeling like I was already 4 hours into an endurance ride. But, it was too nice a day to not ride. By the time I got home it was cloudy again, but happy to have got out in the sun and low winds for a change. With tomorrow's indoor cycling class, I'll finally meet my goal of 5000 miles this year (indoor and outdoor combined). That last 1000 really seemed like it took forever, given less daylight and less opportune weather.

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Cold here in RI, high of 32 this afternoon. I rode 42 miles on my Dawes Galaxy. Cranston-Scituate-Coventry RI. I tracked down an old haunt from my youth and took a few pictures.

Cranston Foundry at Furnace Hill Brook


All that remains of this furnace/foundry is this 2 story wall overhanging the fast moving stream. I think this building is from 1812 and was built on the former site of a foundry built in 1768 to treat the ore retrieved from an iron deposit a couple of miles up the road. The iron furnace activities moved to Hope village in Scituate in 1769, but this building was used for production and manufacturing up until the 1890s(?). It was the Union dye House for a while and most notably the workshop of George Richardson, an accomplished pewter smith (1830s-1848). Later it became an iron works again. I cracked open a few beers here once upon a time.

George Richardson was primarily known for his elegant teapots. Lighthouse variety


I like the federal style eagle touch mark he used.

There were some cool ice formations in the brook.









pastoral view out in Summit Village Coventry RI.


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Old 11-30-13, 08:33 PM
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Just riding my neighborhood loop the last two days to burn off the holiday meals. No pics, no more camera.

Love the photos of cold wintry weather....we're due for some lower temps this week! Only in the 50s F. That's cold here for this time of the year.
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Old 11-30-13, 08:47 PM
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As usual, some great ride stories and pics. Uh, JJS, you cracked open a few beers there back when it was the iron works?

I spent the holiday in my family in Virginia. Actually went for a ride with one brother on Friday. We rode the 1/2 mile round trip down his dirt driveway to check the mail. He rode his mtb and I rode his wife's. It's, um, not exactly the sort of bike I'm used to. Nor is riding a dirt road a day or two after a really big storm. But we made it safely and had a great time.
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Originally Posted by thinktubes


A couple of famous movie location houses - can you name them?



Is that the house from Home Alone?
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Uh, JJS, you cracked open a few beers there back when it was the iron works?
Yeah, my real name is John Melmoth.
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Originally Posted by thinktubes
A couple of famous movie location houses - can you name them?




Originally Posted by QNelson
Is that the house from Home Alone?
Either Home Alone or Planes Trains & Automobiles.

I'll go with Bueller on the other house
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Old 12-01-13, 09:33 AM
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Yep, Ferris Bueller and Home Alone. Good eyes guys!

Both houses have been sold multiple times in recent years and seem burdened by fame. The Home Alone house still attracts tourists and photo ops. You can seen the green "private property" sign posted in front.

The Bueller house has been empty for at least 3 years. Read more here.

One of the best things about riding the North Shore is the fantastic architecture. On a typical ride, I pass at least 4 Frank Lloyd Wright houses.
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Old 12-01-13, 09:38 AM
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Winter at the Jersey Shore

"Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer's out of reach
Empty lake, empty streets
The sun goes down alone"

Living in a Coastal tourist area, this is my favorite time of the year to ride.









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We're catching up soon, on temps. We're on our last day or so in the 50s F, then it's supposed to dip right down into the low 30s for awhile. Which is fine by me, I can get more comfortably dressed, once it gets down far enough. This weird zone in the 40s & 50s, is flu weather, if you're not careful. But then again, if I were looking at that creek, I'd probably have to have a little drink, for some brain-freeze.
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First ride of December

Being a masochist, I went out again this morning for a quick ride. It was 35 degrees and lightly raining. I did a 16.73 mile route in 1:05. Pretty fast for me considering the temp,conditions, stop lights, hills etc. I even took a few pictures.





I didn't see anyone else out.
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Wow, great pics all! Gotta love autumn.

I had a blast this weekend, with a 95k solo ride yesterday and a 110k ride with my mate Barry. As I'm checking out the pics in this thread on a daily basis, I thought I'd share some pics of this weekends rides with ya'll.

Saturday, in chronological order. :


This reminded me of a children's tv-show:


Thought I'd throw in a windmill for you yanks :



On the ferry, crossing the North Sea Canal:


Even though riding one my younger bikes, I clearly went through a time machine at some point:


Got mills?:


Sunday: My mate Barry getting ready for the ride back from the beach:


All in all, great rides and my legs feel strong. Good reason to keep riding through wintertime!
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Nice pictures here today, especially liked the Eagles quoted pictures.
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Very cool pics Zielman
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Took a nice 32(ish) mile ride on Friday, down Chuckanut Drive, into Skagit Valley, then back up past Lake Sammish. My recently installed Edelux headlight sure came in handy toward the end. A bit more climbing than my legs really cared for, but I'm still a weak climber so I'm not sure that's saying much.

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Let's keep this waterfront theme rolling shall we.

We went out on a favorite ride today, the Minneapolis lakes plus we added a Mississippi river loop.

We left at 11 and just returned, so it was a great day to be riding in the Twin Cities.

Here are some pics we snapped.









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Originally Posted by Vonruden
"Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer's out of reach
Empty lake, empty streets
The sun goes down alone"

Living in a Coastal tourist area, this is my favorite time of the year to ride.
How do you like your Stumpjumper?
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How do you like your Stumpjumper?
Very happy with the setup, did a 15 mile jaunt today and was very comfortable.
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Racing against time the past six weeks, resurrecting the 1972 MERCIAN VINCITORE from its 40-year sleep. As badly as I wanted to ride it, it was only right to take the time, and meticulously tear-down and rebuild the bike. (Plus some minor upgrades, a set of Michelin Dynamic Classic 700c 23 tires from Spain and a few little eBay goodies that slowed down the process a bit. Now it is winter and was calm air today and about 45 degrees, so took her out for her maiden voyage of 16 miles. Everything was 100% - What an absolute dream is this machine. - Indiana prairie, 100 miles South of Chicago.

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Thanks for the great photos everyone, really enjoyable.
It's like traveling around the world, only easier, quicker, and a lot cheaper.
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