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Old 04-26-10, 08:31 PM
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The weather has been fabulous and work has been light, so I've been taking advantage. Let's see......

Thursday, 20 miles on the Ciocc.
Friday. 20 miles on the Pogliaghi.
Saturday, 50 miles on the Palo Alto.
Sunday, 15 more on the Palo Alto.
Monday, 18 miles on the Cinelli.

5 days straight, with a total of almost 125 miles while making a complete rotation through the stable. Not epic, but life could be worse I suppose.

One pic to share - on Saturday, Rich breaks a chain. It took us about 20 minutes to find it under all that filth. Rich's bikes always seem to be falling apart in one manner or another, but evidently Rich is used to it as he routinely carries 20 pounds of tools and equipment in that steamer trunk under his seat :
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Originally Posted by bigbossman
One pic to share - on Saturday, Rich breaks a chain. It took us about 20 minutes to find it under all that filth. Rich's bikes always seem to be falling apart in one manner or another, but evidently Rich is used to it as he routinely carries 20 pounds of tools and equipment in that steamer trunk under his seat
How come Rich only breaks things when he rides with you? He never has bike problems when I'm around. You are clearly a bad luck charm!
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29 miles on the Raleigh. Waltham to Concord and back. Beautiful weather. The old bike and the old bod did pretty well. They were holding a muster of Minutemen in the historic area in Lexington. Drums, drums, and muskets... Now the ale is mighty good.
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Did 30 miles on the Peugeot today. Aired the Panaracers to 105 PSI, bike really felt good today, ran at 18 mph through a big part of the ride. I really like this bike!


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Rich and I had ourselves a really fine time on Saturday, squeezing in 75 miles and about 4,000' of climb in before Sunday's rain. We rode for the first time with a Octogenarian by the name of Chuck, who happens to own and operate Dublin Cyclery in Dublin, CA. (for those of you in the area, they are vintage-friendly, and great guys to deal with).

Anyway, we did an out-and back loop through Livermore and over Partterson Pass - a local climb famous for it's false summit and occasionaly steep pitches. We enjoyed a 20+ mph tailwind on the way out, and we slapped around by the (now) headwind on the way back.

Patterson Pass was Special - nay, Magical. Truthfully, it was a pretty stiff climb up at the top, and with a 20+ mph headwind funneling down on us it was kind of like swimming up a waterfall.

Still, yesterday was about the best I've felt on a bike since, like, forever. I was riding very strong (for me), and still had a lot of snap when we finished at 75 miles. It felt good.

Also, the company could not be beat - Chuck Tyler (owner of Dublin Cyclery) is a hell of a guy to ride with, as are his friends. We had a blast with these folks.

The "second" summit of Patterson Pass. Look how the grass is flat in the breeze (the light geen swath, in the center), while 80+ year old Chuck attacks:


Looking back east from just below the summit:


Our group for the day:


A baby rattler:


A California King Snake:


A Courtroom Viper (Rich):


Beginning of Patterson Pass:


Zooming up Altamont Pass - a shallow climb with a 20+mph tailwind, and eventually past the Altamont Speedway (yes - THAT Altamont Speedway):


The bull is not impressed:


Windmills - they were everywhere. Turns out, for good reason:
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Love/hate this time of year. Great when it's green, but hayfever really comes to play in those winds. So is that a 58cm bull? I think you could ride him.
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Wow nice but i don't think i could handle My allergies would be going crazy.

For some odd reason that rattler doesn't look like a rattler.


but looks like a nice ride non the less...
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Originally Posted by jamesj
For some odd reason that rattler doesn't look like a rattler.
Might be a gopher snake - I noticed the absence of the rattles, but the little ones sometimes don't get them till a little later. He didn't hiss at me the way a gopher snake does when I tried to move him off the road - he just coiled and waited. Also, he's got the triangular shaped head of a venomous snake, gopher's are more rounded.

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Possibly one of these:

Glossy Snake
Arizona elegans

Family: Colubridae Order: Squamata Class: Reptilia

DISTRIBUTION, ABUNDANCE, AND SEASONALITY

This snake is common throughout southern California especially in desert regions. Less common to the north, glossy snakes occur in the interior Coast Ranges as far as Mount Diablo in Contra Costa Co. Glossy snakes are most common in desert habitats but also occur in chaparral, sagebrush, valley-foothill hardwood, pine-juniper, and annual grass. Elevation from below sea level to 1830 m (6,000 ft).





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Pacific Gopher?

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Originally Posted by curbtender
Pacific Gopher?
That looks like a good match. He had a lot of sand in him for a little guy - did not like being told what to do.
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Originally Posted by curbtender
Love/hate this time of year. Great when it's green, but hayfever really comes to play in those winds. So is that a 58cm bull? I think you could ride him.
Do your allergies act up when you ride? I'm having trouble this time of year, too, but while I ride, it's less severe. It hits me after the ride, though.
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Over the weekend two 40 miles rides on the Tiara:

Saturday - Found a hole in the weather to get out and spin a little hilly route.
Sunday - Limited time so I did a North-South out and back rode out to dead on 20, turned around and came home.
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Originally Posted by JunkYardBike
Do your allergies act up when you ride? I'm having trouble this time of year, too, but while I ride, it's less severe. It hits me after the ride, though.
Usually just until everything dries out. Worse in the wind. Nasonex keeps me going.
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Usually just until everything dries out. Worse in the wind. Nasonex keeps me going.
Does that little bee follow you while riding?
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Got a bee in my bonnet last night to get up early and take an 80 miler in the rain today. In no particular order I:
had a double flat
rode over an unexpected downed tree
discovered the bike paths I charted my route on were all dirt
once again unexpectedly got above the BB in water
stood dripping wet in the lobby of a museum to get some shoes off CL (the bee in my bonnet)
found out both wheel quick releases had sprung themselves as I sailed into traffic with both brake levers squeezed


Best use of a 40 degree day with a couple inches of rain I've come up with lately. Desperately hope to not repeat the possibly destructive parts.
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Glad to see someone saw it for what it was. I struck upon the realization that it would be very wet and very windy but, no chance of thunderstorms. The downed trees were messing with cars even worse. Truth be told, I rather miss Spring in Wyoming because by the time the wind settles in early summer your suffering pays off. Especially if you have done some intelligent pacing/cadence to keep from being one sided. Hope you had fun.
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Put 25 miles on the Motobťcane today. I rode from home out into the Palouse, and then up an apparently unnamed large hill (north of Tower Mountain, east of Spokane). Stopped by the grandparents' house on the way home... Grandma agreed to call the new owners of their home in New York, where a Durkopp is hiding in the garage rafters!



That's a paved road, by the way, despite appearances... I wouldn't subject the Moto to gravel!





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Some people train on fixed gears, that's nice. My training at the moment is largely dominated by pulling around my son (10 months) in his trailer. We do great rides together, today was special though.

We got off our scheduled path somewhere and i missed a turn and maybe some other things went wrong. Anyway, we find ourselves at the bottom of a long rocky-ish shaky descent through some woods, only to find out it isn't actually the very bottom but the top of yet another descent. This time featuring some quite steep - yes, i am serious - stairs (about 200~ steps) down some more forest. I leave the bike, take the trailer and slowly move it down those stone/wood steps to the bottom. Then grab my child, put him into a blanket i bind around my shoulders to improvise one of these child-carrying thingies. Then it's up those stairs again, and down with the bike around the other shoulder.

It felt awesome to do that with my son, it had a really adventure-like touch to it. Greatest ride we had so far, in it's own way... He enjoyed it too, laughed everytime i grunted and moaned under the heavy load

After that, the cowfence we had to climb and throw the trailer over was peanuts...


[EDIT] You don't want to know what kind of bike i was riding...

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Loaded up the tandem with beach chairs, suntan lotion, an umbrella, towels, change of clothes, snacks, etc, (my wife does not travel light) and rode about 15 miles to Hollywood beach.

We had a 20mph headwind most of the way there, but it doesn't impact us much once we get rolling. The bulging panniers and beach chairs probably didn't help much though... Stopped for beer and seafood at a cafe on the beach then laid in the sun (I think I burned the tops of my feet...)

The return trip was a blast with the tailwind all the way home!

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Got out today (finally), Waltham through Lexington, Bedford, Concord to Carlisle and back, 45.15 miles. Stiff headwind on the way out but the ride back was quick!

Some bike club ride must have been in progress. In Carlisle center is a general store, and out in front was sign for a wine tasting and about a zillion bikes. Don't know how well they be be returning home though.

Got to use my new wireless "computer" today. Interesting results. At a stop in Concord on the way out it said my top speed was 65.8mph. (??) Either it saw some wireless interference or I hit some wicked bumps as the magnet was passing the sensor. The distance was what I expected though. I made a note of the mileage (16.02) and reset it. That would give me a direct reading on the Concord-Carlisle loop. I also checked it when I got back to Bedford and it read 1776! Well, actually 17.76, but that's close enough to be cosmically significant. Top speed on the return run was 30.9mph, not a surprise. I actually had a few occasions to spin out in my top gear on the return, which doesn't happen very often.
The beer tastes might good now.
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First long ride of the season, Syracuse to Pompey out in the sticks, about a 20 mile ride. Mostly climbing on the way out and a bit of a headwind on the way back in, thankfully it was mostly downhill. I was kinda bummed would have liked to go further but I was running out of water fast and my front der is out of adjustment and wouldn't shift down to the smaller ring so I had to push everything as a 5 speed. Oh the bike was my 1978 Raleigh Team Record, reynolds 531, suntour cyclone etc... Besides the FD things went pretty smoothly although I think I may have a loose spoke in the rear wheel, was getting some speed wobbles on the downhills.

Next time I'll be sure to bring a camera, some great scenery out there.
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I was in Moab, UT for about two weeks with a quick day trip to Fruita, CO. Sweet scenery and sweet scenery. A good handful of trails had "Death on the Right/Left". The Colorado River was cool to see, as were the Petroglyphs and Dino prints! I went to the thrift store and got a C&V stem/seatpost for half off...damn the C&V bug!




















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I was in Moab, UT for about two weeks with a quick day trip to Fruita, CO. Sweet scenery and sweet scenery. A good handful of trails had "Death on the Right/Left". The Colorado River was cool to see, as were the Petroglyphs and Dino prints! I went to the thrift store and got a C&V stem/seatpost for half off...damn the C&V bug!
Must have been an incredible experience! As I viewed your photos, I wondered how likely it would be to fall off the edge of a cliff, but then I noticed the trail markers.
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Quick 33.3 miles on the Tiara. 1400 feet climbing. 18.4 average. Was gone pretty much all week on business so this was my first ride in 6 days. I hate not being able to ride.
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