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Old 11-10-09, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by bigbossman
Well.... if it's any consolation, it got down to the mid 40's last night....yeah, you heard me right - the mid 40's. Frickin' brutal..... now If you'll excuse me, I hafta go wrap my pipes so they don't freeze. And where did I put my mittens?

For the record, there's lots of snow and ice in the mountains ~3 hours east. We go there, play around in it for a while, and then come home where it's civilized.


P.S. I've caught two fish already...... this pond might be over-stocked.
Nah, you didn't -- why'd you think I asked if you were trolling?

It's ironic you mention pipes freezing -- a few years back, during that five-year drought in Northern California, our friends in Palo Alto, formerly of Michigan, were caught on the horns of dilemma one winter when they would have left an outdoor tap open slightly to allow the water to run and thereby not freeze in the pipes, as they do in Michigan -- but the new local laws called for stiff fines for any homeowners running their outdoor taps. So they complied with the law, and the pipes burst, and they ended up paying even greater fees to the plumber.
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Originally Posted by DavidW56
g -- a few years back, during that five-year drought in Northern California, our friends in Palo Alto, formerly of Michigan, were caught on the horns of dilemma one winter when they would have left an outdoor tap open slightly to allow the water to run and thereby not freeze in the pipes, as they do in Michigan -- but the new local laws called for stiff fines for any homeowners running their outdoor taps. So they complied with the law, and the pipes burst, and they ended up paying even greater fees to the plumber.
Yeah - I remember that. We actually got temps in the teens at night for the better part of a month. I just left a bathroom faucet running a teensy bit, and that seemed to do the trick. Eventually, I did wrap the exposed pipes coming into the house in order to take care of the issue. I live in a NorCal inland valley and we do get below freezing temps on and off for a couple of months, and the local hills get snow that lasts for a little bit about 3-4 times a year.
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I have been loving the autumn photos in this thread, here are two photos from today.





84 psv10, had to run a wheel set with a 26 rear cog to get up the climb.

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Originally Posted by prettyshady
I have been loving the autumn photos in this thread, here are two photos from today.





84 psv10, had to run a wheel set with a 26 rear cog to get up the climb.
Great pics, prettyshady. I'm jealous.
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Originally Posted by prettyshady
84 psv10, had to run a wheel set with a 26 rear cog to get up the climb.
You're a beast. My knees would be dust after a climb like that with a low of only 42/26.
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Originally Posted by jan nikolajsen
From highway 191 to Grand View Point, near Moab, Utah. Razesa with Campy Record, circa 1982.

68 miles, 2300', 4 hrs, 4 min. 60 degrees, light south breeze. Excellent pavement, wide shoulders, negligible traffic.

Wow, that is an incredible view.
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33 miles through the hill country of central texas with a steady steady headwind on the way home.


i didn't know people grew grapes out here. apparently so.

this was when i was refueling for the final push home.

this was my first ride besides around the block on this bike, sorry for the bad cell phone pictures.
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you guys with mountains are so lucky, so so jealous.
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I took my daughters camera out on a 30 mile ride yesterday and almost managed to recreate the John Candy coat/seat scene from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Thinking that my daughter would not want me to drop her camera, I was careful to use the wrist strap each time I pulled it out of the back pocket on my jersey. Upon returning the camera to the pocket I managed to catch the strap on my glove and the camera on the elastic on the jersey pocket - and I am riding along one handed not able to get my hand out of the back pocket. Finally got the bike whoa-ed down and things sorted out. Pictures were not especially great but a nice weekend here in Indiana for November.
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Town of Haycock, with town of Tohickon Center in the background. Ratbastids flooded them both.


Haycock Mountain.


St. John the Baptist, built 1747.


Bridge over Haycock Creek. The old mill race is just beyond the bridge, and the old bridge to the mill - just a wide plank in the water - is still downstream, but the mill is long gone.


Modern Bridge over Haycock Run.


Bridge makes a handy place to stop for a rest. A number of cyclists passed by, and every one of them asked if i needed assistance. Two even turned around and came back just to make absolutely certain everything was OK.


Ready to roll!


Last stop, handmade ice cream store. Double scoop of mint chocolate chip, made with fresh local cream and fresh local mint & dark belgian chocolate chips, in a dark belgian chocolate dipped waffle cone. There was a big chunk of dark chocolate in the bottom of the cone.

...and that was todays bimble about town.
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Vintage Fuji Opus III, and Team Fuji, St. Augustine and

Levitation...

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Originally Posted by jan nikolajsen
From highway 191 to Grand View Point, near Moab, Utah. Razesa with Campy Record, circa 1982.

68 miles, 2300', 4 hrs, 4 min. 60 degrees, light south breeze. Excellent pavement, wide shoulders, negligible traffic.
Nice to see you enjoying your tour. Nice, as always, to see the Razesa too.
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I rode Sheldon's bike through the sand along the shore from Santa Barbara to Goleta today. Turns out that you can ride really well if you stick to the packed moist sand between the water and the dry sand. It was a beautiful day!
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Fancy-schmancy bridge on Farm School Road.


A very nice barn.


Takemypicture-takemypicture-takemypicture. Whatta turkey.
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Nothing too special this last weekend. Saturday was errand day, but I got a kitchen pass from the Chief Whip on Sunday and took a ride. About 40 miles and ~3000' of climbing is all, in the dead of the NorCal winter. Temps did not go above 65 or so, and I had to wear arm warmers the whole day.

Brutal.

As an aside, I have not ridden another bike since finishing the Pogliaghi build. I like this bike.

Two ride partners, Bikingshearer and his side-kick Dr. Carl:


A view of Mt Diablo, taken midway up one of the lesser climbs of the day:
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I haven't had much time to post much the past few months what with the new baby and being busy at work. I have some catching up to do.

I have been riding when I can. I still commute 3-4 times a week on my Lotus, I rode an MS 150 on my Motobecane Grand Jubilee with DT shifters, and I've picked up a really nice steel Guerciotti Cross frame that I'm very slowly building up.

Back on September 15th I rode 33 miles for my 33rd birthday. Basically, I had to drop my gf's car off in a town 20 miles away, then I rode home. I took my work horse commuter the lotus tourer.

The old baseball field I played on when I was a teenager:





brings back some memories.



I was a pitcher, sometimes known as wild thing, but the kids were afraid of my because I was a goo 6 inches taller than everyone else. I remember the season opener one season I stole home against the wishes of my coach.

Further down my route I found some back roads. The pasela's ate up the road pretty nicely.



more memories - this hill off of the dirt road in the middle of no where, I remember taking my 1983 Jeep CJ there in the middle of the winter to do some "offroading" and getting "stuck" on this hill.



This is across the street.



It looks like the middle of nowhere but we're actually just outside of Philadelphia and the Main Line here.

But now many of those scenes look like this:


still nice roads to ride on. there was little traffic in the middle of the day on a weekday.



To be continued...
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the remnants of a barn that is now ..I don't know?






horses play here:



what a crappy day. Can you tell just how awful the weather was?





oh crap!



he mocks me:



so does he:



and him too



are you sure the bridge is out?

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where there is a will...



Ive made it. But what a horrible place to be!





ready to take the corner at 212 mph



errr i mean...

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time to stop at Hippie Town for some overpriced Hummus. it's all natural and raised on a farm where no cows where injured.





i guess $5 for a sandwich isnt THAT bad.



maybe it was the "smart" water that put me over the edge.

I was hoping to get a pic that made it look like I was cruising at 45, but no such luck.



no sense in even cropping the motorcycle out of the pic.


and that was it. Apparently I stopped taking pictures after that. In fact if I remember correctly, my $7 walmart chain broke a link about a mile from home.

it was a good day though. Beats working.
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^^Nice story, nice pics. I love the tradition of riding x miles on your x birthday. I've been doing that for several years as well. The weird thing is I keep riding 29 miles.
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Took my usual bike path ride which begins near this small lighthouse on Casco Bay Maine. Liking this 1978 Fuji S10S more and more. A $70 Craigslist find which I have cleaned up and added the necessary accessories.

BugLightandBike2.jpgBugLightandBike.jpg

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To Elephant and back again - alive!

Perfect day for a ride; sunny and warm in the mid 50s with a gentle breeze. Didnt get a flat and wasnt attacked by poultry, so all in all a pretty good day.


Modified headlight with 3-way switch and super bright blue LEDs for better visibility.


Barn maintenance fail.


Where the heck are the Quaint Police when you need them.


Barn stars.


Kellers Church.


By the spillway.


Shady rest by the brook beauty shot.
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No photos, but I took the Gazelle AB-Frame out this morning for a ride with the local cycling club I belong to. It was supposed to be an easy ride, but I ended up leading about 2/3 of the 43 miles. The Gazelle rides so well, but the jury is still out on my newly purchased Regal saddle on it. It is one of the new production models and seems they are using some harder foam in these than the perforated old model that I test rode before buying this one.
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Fantastic! The second to last picture was cool. Felt like I could feel you moving. How lucky you are!
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