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Old 01-30-16, 10:39 AM
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17 inches of rain so far in January. I managed to sneak in a ride between storms the other day.

The Olema Marsh in the Point Reyes National Seashore:



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Just in time, completed the January metric today. Took the Poprad over a mix of paths and roads in various conditions.

Most paths looked like this, or a little better as things warmed up and I got more into town.



Took a little detour off the Cedar Lake path to have my snack here.
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Old 01-30-16, 03:04 PM
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obh, that marsh looks inviting but a bike might have trouble in there. CM, that's a big snack!

We finally had some time and clear roads so we took our tandem out for 50.1 miles today. Just a quick run out to Fern's in Carlisle for lunch. The temperature might have hit 40Fdeg but at times it really felt like winter.

The bike during a brief stop at the Lexington Visitors Center:


That's a fine crop of geese you have there, Farmer McHugh:

A chance encounter of the cycling kind: As I was waiting for traffic to clear so I could snap that pic without being run over a woman in a SUV pulled up and stopped. So I walked over to see what she wanted. Thinking I wanted a pic of the geese she said "You know what's so wonderful about Canada geese? They mate for life." We spoke for a few minutes then she pulled away. What I didn't mention to her but did my sweetie later was that my sweetie and I have been together for 40 years and married for 38 1/2 of them. If that isn't "for life" I'm not sure what it. We aren't geese as far as I know.

When we arrived at Ferns there was only one other bike, a titanium Seven, so I had to get a pic:


The rider of that bike took this pic of us:

Five minutes later a dozen other cyclist showed up.

Early in the ride I tweak a tendon on the side of my knee. TV announcers would have said "His return is questionable." And then a few minutes later "He's back in the game." I was hoping to take a solo bike out tomorrow but I'll have to see what the knee feels like. Right now it isn't great. In the meantime I have to go prep some tubular tires and wheels....
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly
Just in time, completed the January metric today. Took the Poprad over a mix of paths and roads in various conditions.

Most paths looked like this, or a little better as things warmed up and I got more into town.



Took a little detour off the Cedar Lake path to have my snack here.
Great shots!

I stayed off the roads today.

Rode the ECR down at the river bottoms and it was raining.

Rain in the Twin Cities in January. Yuck.

Won't be fun when it freezes tonight and I hope it won't slow us down on the way to the swap in the morning either.
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Nice pics Chrome and Jim.

The roads are pretty salty, so the trusty Winter beater will get the road miles until the rains come.




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75 degrees today! I'm starting to like these elNino years...
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Originally Posted by gomango
Great shots!

Won't be fun when it freezes tonight and I hope it won't slow us down on the way to the swap in the morning either.
Thanks. Teaching my spin class tomorrow morning, so if I get to the swap it will be a little toward the end of it. Maybe more bargains that way, we'll see maybe.
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News said it would be high 40's, low 50's, so I took off into the headwind, due south, for 25 miles. Felt a whole lot colder. One GU and 1/2 bottle of water, turned tail and came home with the tailwind. Felt just as cold, but yep, easier pedaling. Base layer wet, but everything else dry as a bone. Heck, I'm still cold. Maybe a Corona will help.
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Sounds like you're getting a L'Eroica there, too...

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Not much of a winter in Northern Europe (Netherlands). Rode 100 K's yesterday



The obligatory windmill is there, we are waiting for the tulips ;-)
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
obh, that marsh looks inviting but a bike might have trouble in there. CM, that's a big snack!

We finally had some time and clear roads so we took our tandem out for 50.1 miles today. Just a quick run out to Fern's in Carlisle for lunch. The temperature might have hit 40Fdeg but at times it really felt like winter.

The bike during a brief stop at the Lexington Visitors Center:


That's a fine crop of geese you have there, Farmer McHugh:

A chance encounter of the cycling kind: As I was waiting for traffic to clear so I could snap that pic without being run over a woman in a SUV pulled up and stopped. So I walked over to see what she wanted. Thinking I wanted a pic of the geese she said "You know what's so wonderful about Canada geese? They mate for life." We spoke for a few minutes then she pulled away. What I didn't mention to her but did my sweetie later was that my sweetie and I have been together for 40 years and married for 38 1/2 of them. If that isn't "for life" I'm not sure what it. We aren't geese as far as I know.

When we arrived at Ferns there was only one other bike, a titanium Seven, so I had to get a pic:


The rider of that bike took this pic of us:

Five minutes later a dozen other cyclist showed up.

Early in the ride I tweak a tendon on the side of my knee. TV announcers would have said "His return is questionable." And then a few minutes later "He's back in the game." I was hoping to take a solo bike out tomorrow but I'll have to see what the knee feels like. Right now it isn't great. In the meantime I have to go prep some tubular tires and wheels....
Great pictures Jim, and everyone else. Sorry about the knee. I've kind of been hobbled a bit by a gimpy left ankle. I'm heading out later this morning hopefully for about 30 miles or so. We'll see how the ankle holds up. I don't remember straining it, just kind of started to act up on me. Heal up quick, CCRT is waiting!
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60 mile fixed gear ride on Saturday, big loop around the Lakes.
Pretty cool that nearly all of this route are marked bike lanes and regional trails.

I stopped at about mile 45 for Beer and a Brat at the Black Raven Brewery.
Having started late, the weather was perfectly comfortable for riding. Here is a view a few miles from my finish point in Issaquah

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Very impressive NB, 60 fixed with your hills, nice!!!

I only managed 20 lazy flat lander miles today.




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My knee felt okay this morning so I took the Gazelle out for a quick 40 miles. Today it wore a new set of Veloflex Criterium tubular tires on old Super Champion Competition rims. What a smooth, quick ride.

A brief stop along the banks of the Concord River:





I stopped for lunch at our usual haunt, parked the bike among some pretty high-end company.



Those other four bikes are a Cannondale, a Specialized, a Litetspeed, and a Cervelo. While I was eating two more rider showed up on a Seven and an Independent Fabrications.

Just another day at the ol' watering hole.

I almost ended up taking a different bike. I had gotten these wheels from Pastor Bob. The rear rim was mismatched but he had thrown in a second Super Champion. A few days ago I strung the rim onto the Campy hub and I glued up the rims and tires last night. But I had never tried mounting the hub onto the bike. After I put the tires on the rims this morning and put the wheels on the bike I discovered that the FW was almost in contact with the frame. A quick check with a caliper showed the rear spacing was only 123mm, a curious number. Also the axle was a bit too far to the left (!) and there was no proper locknut on the right-side bearing cone. I should have checked all this beforehand. Of course it wasn't Pastor Bob's fault, since he had done nothing with the rims either after obtaining them and then deciding to go a different direction.

So I scrounged around and found a locknut with Campy threads (! - I have no idea where it came from but when Providence smiles, who am I to question?), re-positioned the cones, and re-adjusted the bearing play. Of course I had to re-dish the wheel. I still managed to get out of the house by 10:30. I'm happy to say the wheels and tires did just great.
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Some awesome pics here. I'll work on pics, in the future. For today, I took the new-to-me '82 Trek 412 out for a first real ride. Only around 10 miles, because my lungs are out of shape, lol, but I was loving the pain. I rode west towards Presque Isle, but not to it, as I was distracted by a certain antipasta, at a local Italian grocery store. Plus as a bonus, a couple nice tangelos, for vitamin C. It was up to 56 F here today, so the ice on Lake Erie is melting, but definitely still there, and able to chill you a bit. At least the seagulls were happy, the small fish were being eaten non-stop.
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I took my Comp GS to brunch today. It got up to around 70 so I couldn't say no to a bike ride. The Better Half drove and met me there (I arrived about 5 minutes before her!) but I got in a good 12.5 mile ride there and 14 mile ride home. It's a cool little neighborhood British soccer pub with a bloody mary bar (make your own, however you like it!) a neat vibe in a cool part of town. Wore regular clothes (shorts and a quick dry type tshirt with a jacket for the ride there), and when I got home, my crotch looked like a had an accident...darn Brooks! Decided to order a black pair of touring shorts for the next time I do this.

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Sorry, no pictures, but I did a familiar 12-mile loop today with a friend and his daughter--some good-sized climbs above Cabot Village, maybe 700-800 feet of climbing. Dry roads, temps in the mid-40s. Pretty nice. I rode my reconfigured winter doublespeed--earlier this month I had moved the parts from my crashed Fuji over onto a Univega frame I had.

Nothing outstanding about it, really, except that it was 8 weeks to the day (actually, pretty much to the hour) since I T-boned a bulldog on a long downhill, separated my shoulder big-time, and got a wee concussion. The shoulder feels surprisingly good now, after a month and a half of stretching the rubber Thera-Bands and doing various things with hand weights.

It was nice to be powering up some hills again. What I would consider powering up hills, I mean.
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I got in 40 miles in some pretty nice conditions today. Probably mid to high 40's and mostly sunny. I just hope we don't get the February we had last year in New England.

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I got in 40 miles in some pretty nice conditions today. Probably mid to high 40's and mostly sunny. I just hope we don't get the February we had last year in New England.
Very nice! That Trek looks really great with that crank and that color scheme. Glad your ankle let you get out. We had temperatures hitting 50 today but it was colder when I started out this morning.
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Originally Posted by bmthom.gis
I took my Comp GS to brunch today.
That is a sharp-looking bike! Black, white, and chrome, hard to beat.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
That is a sharp-looking bike! Black, white, and chrome, hard to beat.
Thanks! That is one bike I would have a very hard time getting rid of. I took it on a century ride last year and it performed admirably, in fact every time I ride it I can't believe how great it is.
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Last Friday ride in 2 countries. Picture is at the old NATO munition dump near Bracht in Germany it is now a nature reserve.

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Originally Posted by jimmuller
My knee felt okay this morning so I took the Gazelle out for a quick 40 miles. Today it wore a new set of Veloflex Criterium tubular tires on old Super Champion Competition rims. What a smooth, quick ride.

A brief stop along the banks of the Concord River:



...I almost ended up taking a different bike. I had gotten these wheels from Pastor Bob. The rear rim was mismatched but he had thrown in a second Super Champion. A few days ago I strung the rim onto the Campy hub and I glued up the rims and tires last night. But I had never tried mounting the hub onto the bike. After I put the tires on the rims this morning and put the wheels on the bike I discovered that the FW was almost in contact with the frame. A quick check with a caliper showed the rear spacing was only 123mm, a curious number. Also the axle was a bit too far to the left (!) and there was no proper locknut on the right-side bearing cone. I should have checked all this beforehand. Of course it wasn't Pastor Bob's fault, since he had done nothing with the rims either after obtaining them and then deciding to go a different direction.

So I scrounged around and found a locknut with Campy threads (! - I have no idea where it came from but when Providence smiles, who am I to question?), re-positioned the cones, and re-adjusted the bearing play. Of course I had to re-dish the wheel. I still managed to get out of the house by 10:30. I'm happy to say the wheels and tires did just great.
Jim, that Gazelle is beautiful!
Good job on the rear wheel adjustment. Strokes of luck like finding that lock nut are just the sort of thing that encourage me to keep every little nut and bolt that comes my way... Of course I'll only use one out of a hundred of them but my heirs will be left cleaning out too many boxes of almost useless parts!
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Originally Posted by obrentharris
Jim, that Gazelle is beautiful!
Good job on the rear wheel adjustment. Strokes of luck like finding that lock nut are just the sort of thing that encourage me to keep every little nut and bolt that comes my way... Of course I'll only use one out of a hundred of them but my heirs will be left cleaning out too many boxes of almost useless parts!
That only works if you keep them in large coffee cans, that you have to dump on the workbench to scrounge through.
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A short morning ride today took me over the old Tocaloma Bridge, a fine concrete arch bridge that has fallen into disrepair since the highway was rerouted half a century ago.










The bridge is definitely vintage, the bike not really.



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Sunday afternoon ride. A late-January promise of spring here in Oregon. Of course I got drizzled on and also saw lots of sunshine. Not just on the same ride, but at one point at the same time.
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